TEACHING & MENTORING

Teaching Philosophy

My interest in teaching ultimately comes from my passion for learning about the natural world and my desire to share in that learning with others. In particular, the unifying concepts in biology, such as evolution by natural selection and gene by environment interactions, are powerful for understanding variation in nature and have important implications for human society and health. Learning conceptual frameworks in biology and then subsequently applying them to make sense of the world is an important goal of a college science education, and I see my role in this process as helping students develop the tools they need to independently evaluate evidence and to think critically about the complex systems of organisms and their ecology.

Teaching experience

As the instructor

  • Animal Behavior, University of Minnesota

As a teaching assistant

  • Animal Behavior, University of Minnesota
  • Foundations of Biology II (for biology majors), University of Minnesota
  • Ecology, East Carolina University
  • Principles of Biology (for biology majors), East Carolina University
  • General Biology (for non-science majors), East Carolina University

Mentoring

Lilly Woodward, Cornell University
Quantifying color pattern variation in Polistes paper wasps
2021-present
Regan Staudenraus, Cornell University
Ethogram development and individual recognition behavioral experiments in Polistes paper wasps
2020
Sierra Vincent, Cornell University
Quantifying color pattern variation in Polistes paper wasps, ethogram development, and individual recognition behavioral experiments
2019-2021
Chloe Fouilloux, University of Minnesota
The effects of bromeliad water quality on the presence of golden rocket frog tadpoles.
2017-2018
Emily Engelbrecht-Wiggans, University of Minnesota
Characterizing ‘reverse’ sexual dichromatism in golden rocket frogs (Anomaloglossus beebei).
2016-2018
Shannon Pappas, University of Minnesota
Patterns of variation in golden rocket frog (Anomaloglossus beebei) and Kai rocket frog (A. kaiei) advertisement calls
Fall 2015
Krystal Peters, University of Minnesota
Patterns of variation in brilliant-thighed poison frog (Allobates femoralis) calls
Fall 2015
Alexander Kaplan, University of Minnesota
Patterns of variation of wood frog (Rana sylvatica) calls
Fall 2015
Mahendra Doraisami, University of Guyana
Vocal communication and reproductive ecology of two species of Neotropical rocket frogs in Kaieteur National Park, Guyana.
Summer 2014
Michael Anderson, University of Minnesota
Behavioral plasticity and sound pattern recognition in spring peepers, Pseudacris crucifer.
Spring 2014
Calvin Giddings, University of Guyana
Vocal communication and reproductive ecology of two species of Neotropical rocket frogs in Kaieteur National Park, Guyana
Summer 2013
Laura Jackson, East Carolina University
Parentage analysis in the mimic poison frog, Ranitomeya imitator, using microsatellite markers.
2011-2012