Next to being on the water, teaching is my favorite place to be. The natural collaboration in learning, the excitement of new understanding, the ability to build new connections. I dig it. It always brings me back to the reasons I got into research in the first place. The UW Biology department is dedicated to improving teaching methods using evidence-based pedagogy, which has been a great influence on me. While I am most comfortable teaching field courses, I learned a lot about teaching large-format introductory courses at UW.



(Introduction to) Research in Marine Biology, Fall 2020.


This course at the Friday Harbor Labs will lead freshman and sophomores in the 300 level and juniors and seniors in the 400 level through all aspects of research in Marine Biology, culminating in presentations of group research projects (conducted with appropriate personal protection equipment and protocols)! Students will learn literature search and critical reading skills, data management and analysis methods, hypothesis forumaltion and testing, and gain research experience in field and lab settings. Research projects are coordinated with Dr. Eliza Heery and focused on human-made structures and affects on marine biological processes.



Marine Subtidal Ecology and scientific diving, Summer 2018.


Together with Pema Kitaeff (DSO), Dr. Aaron Galloway, and Mo Turner, we developed and taught Marine Ecology and Scientific Diving at the Friday Harbor Labs in Summer A, 2018. See course page for details here. We carefully scaffolded scientific diving methods, marine life identification and marine ecological processes throughout this 5-week course that culminated in 1 group project (Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network) and 12 individual student projects conducted by newly minted Scientific Divers. Collectively we had 25 divers involved in the class that did 463 dives. This course was the type of logistical challenge I love and a great opportunity to develop a course from scratch with great collaborators. Students and instructors (presented by Aaron Galloway) present results from this course at WSN 2018.


Introductory Biology 200, Spring 2018.


I was a teaching assistant for Dr. Alexa Clemmons and Dr. Mandy Schivel in Bio200, an introductory biology course focused on cell and molecular processes. Dr. Schivel and Dr. Clemmons use active learning techniques to shrink the classroom. As a lab instructor, I focus on teamwork when completing labs.


Introductory Biology 200, Fall 2017.


I was a teaching assistant for Dr. Mandy Schivel and Dr. Alexa Clemmons in Bio200, an introductory biology course focused on cell and molecular processes. Working with this team in a large-class introductory courses offered a great opportunity to develop active learning methods and hone effective classroom management methods.


Ecology Between and Below Pacific Tides, Summer 2015.

I helped develop this unique summer course taught at the Friday Harbor Labs. I created the dual track course in collaboration with Pema Kitaeff (UW Dive Safety Officer), Dr. Robin Elahi (co-developer of proposed course), Dr. Aaron Galloway (co-instructor), Tiffany Stephens (co-instructor), Dr. Megan Dethier (co-instructor) and Dr. David Duggins (co-instructor). We integrated the AAUS scientific diving certification into a for-credit marine ecology course - a new idea in west coast univiersity programs. We teamed up with Megan Dethier and Tiff Stephens to teach an omnitidal course with intertidal and subtidal foci for students' independent research. This combination challenged students to think about connectivity of ecosystem processes outside of our usual definitions of an ecosystem. You can read more about the class here and see our species identification wiki here.


Zoobots and Nearshore Ecology Research Experience, Spring 2012 - 2014.

I played many roles in the zoobot course taught by Megan Dethier. I primarily assisted the Nearshore Ecology Research Experience, as a mentor of student researchers in 2012, instructor in 2013 and teaching assistant in 2014. This course has inspired generations of marine biologists, partly because Friday Harbor allows you to see, in-person, an incredible diversity of marine habitats and organisms, and partly because we all want to be Megan. I developed as a mentor through my interactions with this course, and helped many students design their own research projects of which many went on to present at scientific conferences or publish in peer reviewed journals. 


Biology 200, Winter 2015.

I was a teaching assistant for Dr. Scott Freeman in Bio200, an introductory biology course focused on cell and molecular processes. Dr. Freeman's teaching focuses on interactive learning and helped me bring the characteristics of small field-oriented courses to larger format classrooms.

Biology 180, Fall 2013.

I was a teaching assistant for Dr. Scott Freeman in Bio180, the broadscale intro to evolution and ecology. While I was responsible for a small subset of 1100 students in this course, I learned a lot about teaching biology at a major university.


Biology of the Marine-Land Interface, Summer 2009.

I was a teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Page in the University of California, Santa Barbara's equivalent of FHL's ZooBot course (in that it is a long running, amazing marine biology course). This field-focused course spans a broad swath of beach types in its exploration of marine ecology. I was even allowed to give lectures, and mentored students in their independent projects.


Environmental processes in oceans and lakes, Spring 2009.

As a teaching assistant for Dr. Alice Alldredge, I led discussion sections for this marine biology course. I taught with Alice during her last quarter teaching at UCSB.