Teaching

I currently teach the following courses:

Fall Semesters
BIOL 350 Vertebrate Field Zoology (odd years)
BIOL 374 Herpetology (even years)
BIOL 135 Concepts of Ecology and Evolution (Biology Majors)

Spring Semesters
BIOL 210 Principles of Zoology
BIOL 210 Principles of Zoology Lab
(upcoming) Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics

Vertebrate Field Zoology students enjoy a break after banding raptors and warblers atop Big Bald Mountain, Madison County, North Carolina.

Vertebrate Field Zoology students enjoy a break after banding raptors and warblers atop Big Bald Mountain, Madison County, North Carolina. Fall 2017.

My Philosophy:

I embrace a learner-centered approach to teaching, whereby students are challenged to construct conceptual understanding of topics in science with the support of a scaffold of knowledge that I help them to build. I further believe in student active learning, and that the best way to learn science is to do science.

Students in Herpetology explore a mountain stream near Franklin, North Carolina and learn to identify the more than 60 species of salamanders found in the state.

Students in Herpetology explore a mountain stream near Franklin, North Carolina and learn to identify the more than 60 species of salamanders found in the state.

Students in Herpetology have the opportunity to present their term papers in a public format. Here a student presents information about salamanders during The WNC Nature Center's "Hey Day."

Students in Herpetology have the opportunity to present their term papers in a public format. Here a student presents information about salamanders during The WNC Nature Center’s “Hay Day.”

 

I have previously taught:

Caribbean Tropical Biology, Puerto Rico Field Course (2013, 2014, 2015)

General Biology Labs (majors and non-majors), Honor’s Biodiversity Lab, Biology of Human Affairs, Human Anatomy Lab, Comparative Vertebrate Biology Lab, Animal Behavior, Evolution, Comparative Vertebrate Biology