Teaching

Found horny lizard at SEV plots!

Instructor

Utah State University Plant and Animal Populations (WILD 2810)

In this online course, students gain a thorough understanding of the principles and concepts of population ecology. There is an additional focus on skills that will apply to conservation and management settings.

Teaching Assistantship

University of New Mexico Plant and Animal Form and Function Laboratory (BIOL 204L)

This is the laboratory section of the last course in the sequence of four required introductory biology courses required at UNM. As the primary instructor for my section, I guided students through the labs, with emphasis on developing hypothesis testing, data manipulation/visualization, and basic statistics skills in addition to learning course content.

University of New Mexico Principles of Ecology & Principles of Ecology Laboratory (BIOL 310/L)

This is an undergraduate advanced course in ecology where students studied the principles of ecology in more depth. During the laboratory, students were given the chance to develop their own mini projects, gather data from the field, and complete an analysis and write-up. As graduate teaching assistant I guest-lectured on the following topics: Competition, Searching the primary literature, Data analysis using R, Use of PRS nutrient probes in ecological study, and coordinated field trips.

Rice University Insect Biology & Insect Biology Laboratory (EBIO 326, 330)

In this course, students developed an understanding of insect diversity and ecology, and collected, pinned, and described their own collection of insects during the lab. As graduate teaching assistant I guest-lectured on the Pollination unit.

Dr. Cecilia Koo Plant Conservation Center/National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan Undergraduate Internship Program in Plant Conservation

In this internship, students participated in the day-to-day operations of the foremost live plant collection in South/East Asia, and developed independent projects to research specific taxa in more depth. As post-bac teaching assistant I guest-lectured on: Key questions in ecology, Methods in ecology (in Chinese).

Washington University in St. Louis Principles of Biology I Laboratory (Biol 2960), Principles of Biology II Laboratory & Lecture (Biol 2970)

I was undergraduate teaching assistant to the labs and lectures of the introductory biology sequence Fall 2009 - Spring 2011. Duties included grading, office hours, exam review sessions, and laboratory assistance.

Mentoring

I mentored students in the Sevilleta LTER site-based REU program 2013-2016, and have mentored several undergraduate students in independent/thesis research at UNM. During my time at Washington University in St. Louis, I involved many high school students in my undergraduate research as a part of the SIFT/TERF programs at the Tyson Research Center.

Brad was an REU at the SEV in 2016. His project investigated the effects of biological soil crust disturbance on soil physical and chemical properties. He is currently working for the National Parks Service.

Nora conducted an REU project at the SEV in 2013 to investigate if soil microbes contributed to ring formation in blue grama grasses. Her work was continued by Lance, an undergrad at UNM, and is now in press at J. Arid Env.! Nora continues her love of fungi as a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin.

Amy just graduated from UNM. She conducted a mutual invasion experiment of black and blue grama at the SEV.

Amy conducted a mutual invasion experiment of black and blue grama at the SEV in 2014. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Oklahoma.

Roy was a 2014 SEV REU and is in his Senior year at U of Rochester. He did his summer research on biotic and abiotic microsite associations of blue and black grama.

Roy was a 2014 SEV REU and is currently a PhD student at the University of Indiana. He did his summer research on biotic and abiotic microsite associations of blue and black grama.