Teaching

Courses Taught

Lead Instructor (University of Central Oklahoma)

  • Ichthyology & Laboratory (BIO 4910/5910)
  • Vertebrate Zoology & Laboratory (BIO 3454)
  • Plant and Animal Diversity & Laboratory (BIO 1225)
  • General Biology for Non-majors (BIO 1114)

Lead Instructor (Oklahoma State University)

  • Species Detection & Distributions (NREM 5030)

Guest Lecturer (Oklahoma State University)

  • Introduction to Natural History
  • Ecological Niche Modeling
  • Ecology of Invasive Species

Teaching Assistant (University of Georgia)

  • Ichthyology Laboratory (3 semesters)
  • Fishes of Georgia Laboratory
  • Forest Ecology Laboratory

Ideology

Reflecting on my time as a student, the most effective teachers were those that had both tangible enthusiasm for the course material and a vested interest in the success of their students.  I hold to those values in my own teaching and employ a variety of pedagogical strategies to engage students in classroom, laboratory, and field settings.  I strive to develop students into young scientists, strengthening their ability to ask good questions, analyze observations, and effectively communicate results.  As a vital complement to teaching, mentoring fosters student success in academics and in life beyond the classroom.

 

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are broad within the biological sciences, including those grounded in ecology and natural resource management.  My areas of expertise include fisheries management, ichthyology, stream ecology, conservation genetics, and conservation biology.