Teaching

Found horny lizard at SEV plots!

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 have been a mentor for the NSF REU program at the Sevilleta LTER since 2013, and have mentored several undergraduate students in independent 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 SURF/TERF programs.

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

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

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 in his Senior year at U of Rochester. He did his summer research on biotic and abiotic microsite associations of blue and black grama.