I aim to equip students with skills that allow them to excel in their chosen career and provide an inclusive environment for students to develop a deeper appreciation for our natural world through the acquisition of knowledge from diverse sources.
My primary goal is for students to leave my courses feeling confident in their ability to tackle current challenges in wildlife biology and conservation.
I take an evidence-based approach to pedagogy and specifically aim to provide experiential, interdisciplinary learning opportunities in my courses.
Ecosystems & Global Change
ENVIR SC 3B03
An examination of how soil, water, vegetation, ecosystem and climate processes occur and interact at landscape, regional and global scales, and of the consequences of global change on terrestrial ecosystem form and function. Feedbacks between ecological systems and global change will be examined.
This course is divided into 3 major parts: (A) global ecosystems resilience and refugia (B) ecosystem impacts (C) ecosystem conservation and restoration in an era of global change.
Wetland biodiversity: coastal marshes to vernal pools
This course focused on applying ecological principles and field methods to study the effects of human disturbances on wetland biodiversity in coastal marshes and vernal pools. Students learned to identify and conduct field surveys for frogs/toads, salamanders, and reptiles. We also introduced the students to remote sensing and they learned common techniques for geographic information systems in field ecology.
Indicators of ecosystem health: streams and wetlands
This course focused on teaching basic ecological principles and field methods. Students learned to identify native birds and amphibians, collect and process for common water chemistry parameters, and used a suite of biological indicators to assess the health of streams and wetlands.