Teaching and Mentoring

As a postdoctoral fellow in the the Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT) program at the University of Arizona, I recently (Spring 2017) taught Environmental Biology (Bio 105) as Adjunct Faculty at Pima Community College. This course incorporated lecture, field ecology, and group project components to cover introductory earth science, ecology, and environmental science topics for non-science majors.

As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, I taught several courses as a teaching assistant, including Evolution (Integrative Biology 160), the lab and field portion of General Entomology (ESPM 140), and Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands (ESPM C107, also known as “the Mo’orea course”), and served as a reader for Human Biogeography of the Pacific (Integrative Biology 158). I have also contributed guest lectures at the University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, and to field courses from UCLA and Northeastern University held at Gump Research Station.

I have mentored a total of twelve undergraduates from the University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, and Pima Community College, of whom nine have been from under-represented or non-traditional backgrounds. Of the seven who have since graduated, five have continued in science- or medicine-related fields. Currently, I am mentoring three undergraduates in the lab and field at the University of Arizona: Elisa Acosta (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Physiology, UA), Kaija Broders (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UA), and Jesse Duarte (Pima Community College). I have also co-advised Lianjie Zhang, a master’s student at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (with Shixiao Luo).