Teaching experience

Teaching experience

I strive to be a quality educator, and teach using a mixture of traditional lecture combined with innovative, active learning techniques.  I have taught a range of courses in ecology and evolution and have also developed lectures on various statistical methods


Associate Instructor

  • General Biology II (Bio 182) - Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

  • Animal Behavior (NPB 102) - UC Davis, Davis, CA

  • NSF GRFP Grant Writing - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Guest Lectures

  • Animal Personalities: Concepts and consequences - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

    • Download a powerpoint of the lecture HERE

  • Sexual Selection and Animal Personalities - University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  • The Fitness Implications of Animal Personalities -Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Statistics Lessons

  • Dealing with overdispersion in R

  • AIC and other information theoretic approaches

  • Intro to R for undergraduates

  • Data cleaning, exploration, and visualization

Teaching assistant

  • Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution - UC Davis, Davis, CA

  • Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life - UC Davis, Davis, CA

  • Introduction to Aquaculture - UC Davis, Davis, CA


Spiders and insects are fantastic organisms to engage and excite students about ecology, evolution, and behavior. I have both developed and participated in a range of outreach activities, often bringing live animals and interactive projects into K-12 classrooms.  


Demonstrating differences in foraging styles in Japanese Centipedes at the Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan

Engaging high school students in restoration projects as part of the Center for Land Based Learning's SLEWS program

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