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.
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. Dr. Alice Alldredge.
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.