I am extremely passionate about teaching and my philosophy on teaching and mentoring stems from the belief that students need an inclusive learning environment where their thoughts and contributions are valued.
Through group discussions, hands-on activities, and one-on-one interactions students get to actively participate in their learning.Through my courses, students will develop critical thinking skills, evaluate scientific evidence, and explore their interests in biology. Through in-class activities, field trips and in-class experiments, and lectures, students will develop skills that prepare them for careers in biology and non-STEM fields.
I have over 10 years of teaching experience at Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University and SUNY Binghamton University. In addition, I have given guest lectures at Indiana University. Over the course of my teaching career, I have instructed students in a variety of topics including animal behavior, ornithology, experimental biology, vertebrate anatomy and physiology, biodiversity, evolution, marine biology, physiology, marine mammal biology, introductory biology, and biology for non-majors.
In my courses students develop experiences in critical thinking, reading and critiquing the scientific literature, and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. In addition, students gain experiences conducting research by developing and conducting experiments in the field through in-class research experiments and field trips.
Experimental Biology (FSU)
Animal Behavior (FSU)
Through my research program, I am thrilled to provide students with opportunities to conduct independent research projects and develop skills in science. My research program involves fieldwork, processing data in the lab, and behavioral assessments. I welcome students at all stages in their careers and interests! There are opportunities to assist with ongoing research projects or to develop your own research project. Check out all the incredible work being done here