As an integrative biologist who focuses on vertebrate anatomy and physiology, a career goal of mine is to teach courses that focus on the same topics. Because I am also a systematic biologist, I teach these topics under the unifying concepts of evolutionary history and phylogeny. As my research program expands, I hope to teach other courses that cover advanced topics in functional morphology and physiology and molecular evolution. I enjoy teaching in a variety of settings, including small field courses and laboratory sections as well as large lecture classes with over a hundred students.
In teaching comparative biology, I have two specific goals. The first is to have students actively explore the biological diversity of vertebrates through the unifying concepts of evolutionary history and phylogeny
. The second goal is to have students develop an understanding of the scientific process
. I want students to ask questions (i.e., propose hypotheses) that they can evaluate through their own observations.
As part of achieving this second goal, students learn how to perform science both in the classroom and some by gaining research experience with me through undergraduate research projects. To learn more about mentoring and undergraduate research, click here
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My teaching philosophy, including an outline of my instructional techniques and additional teaching goals, can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking here.
Fall 2014, 2015: Instructor, Introduction to Physiology, Department of Biology, Boston College. Leading 140 undergraduates in explorations of vertebrate physiological systems.
Fall 2015: Instructor, Topics in Vertebrate Biomechanics, Department of Biology, Boston College. Leading 23 undergraduates in hands-on explorations of how vertebrate behavior conforms to physical principles.
Spring 2015. Visiting Lecturer, Ecology and Evolution, Department of Biology, Boston College. Led 220 undergraduates in discussions of concepts in ecology, biodiversity, and micro- and macroevolution.
Fall 2014: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Evolutionary Human Physiology \& Anatomy, Harvard University,Led two sections of 20 undergraduates in laboratory study of human physiology and anatomy.
Fall 2013Visiting Lecturer, Vertebrate Physiology and Anatomy}
Department of Biology, Wellesley College. Led 24 upper-level undergraduates in the study of chordate physiology and anatomy.
20052011: Fish Identification Trainer, Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle. Teaching involves training fisheries observers in the identification of marine fishes of the eastern North Pacific.
JanuaryMarch 20052010: Teaching Assistant, Biology of Fishes, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. Led approximately 20 upper-level undergraduates in laboratory study of the biodiversity, systematics, and morphology of fishes.
September 2007March 2008: Predoctoral Lecturer, Biology of Fishes, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. Led some 130 undergraduates in classroom exploration of the biodiversity, ecology, systematics, physiology, and anatomy of fishes.