Teaching

Since my roles as a researcher and as an educator are inherently linked, I continually strive to integrate my own and others’ research into my teaching activities and integrate what I learn while teaching into my own research. Teaching is not just fulfilling for myself, but it is also an important and helpful way convey the information being taught in courses by applying the principles and concepts that students learn in class to the types of questions being asked in the scientific world. Over the course of my various teaching opportunities, I continually strive to connect the ideas presented in the text to both basic and applied research. While a graduate student at MSU, I have had the opportunity to teach courses as an instructor, serve as a teaching assistant, and participate in the NSF GK-12 program at the Kellogg Biological Station.

Exploring the theory of island biogeography in the fen islands at Brook Lodge with SpartaNature students.

Exploring the theory of island biogeography in the fen islands at Brook Lodge with SpartaNature students.

Ecology (ZOL 355) at MSU  – Co-Instructor

Ecology (ZOL 355) at KBS – Co-Instructor

Ecology Lab (ZOL 355L) – Teaching Assistant

Evolution (ZOL 445) – Teaching Assistant

NSF GK-12 program – Fellow

SpartaNature at KBS  – 2012 (Co-Instructor) and 2013 (Instructor)

Pointing out something awesome at the Portage Bog.

Pointing out some awesome orchids in the distance to Ecology students at the Portage Bog.