My teaching philosophy includes three over-arching learning objectives that I emphasize in the classroom, laboratory, and in the field. First, I work to equip students with the basic knowledge necessary to be successful in science. Second, I strive to help students become effective communicators of scientific thought. Finally, I encourage students to apply their scientific thinking to important issues in biology.
I enjoy both teaching and research more when I am able to do the other, so my teaching incorporates a significant research component. I encourage students to be critical consumers of the scientific and popular literature, and I have students work actively with real data as part of the classroom experience. I want students to leave my class with the ability to make connections among key concepts and themes in biology, interpret and analyze data, convey their thoughts clearly and concisely, and appreciate Earth’s bio- and geodiversity.
Below is a list of courses I teach at JCU. Click the links to see a recent syllabus and additional information about the class.
BL 169 Principles of Biology III
BL 224 Terrestrial Ecology (with lab)
BL 4XX Conservation Biology
PH 115: Environmental Earth Science (with lab)