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 eleven undergraduates from UC Berkeley and the University of Arizona, of whom eight have been from underrepresented or non-traditional backgrounds. Of the four who have since graduated, three have continued in science- or medicine-related fields. Currently, I am mentoring two undergraduates in the lab and field at the University of Arizona: Elisa Acosta (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Physiology) and Kaija Broders (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology).