Teaching

Teaching is a way to not only inspire future scientists, but also to inform all students about the world around them and to improve one's ability to talk about science with any audience. I've taught at several levels, including at a 5th/6th grade outdoor science school, as a TA at three institutions, as a laboratory coordinator, and as an instructor for a graduate-level course on professional developement. These combined experiences have helped me develop as an educator. I strive to incorporate active-learning principles in my teaching, especially including learning goals and group activities.

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Incorporating Data Analysis into Teaching

At Duke, I taught two classes as part of the Duke Data Expeditions program. This program teaches undergraduates how to analyze real data using current techniques. Along with Eleanor Caves, and as part courses taught by Eleanor and (later) Prof. Sheila Patek, I taught students how to sort, organize, and analyze data on animal visual capabilities using R software. Find a writeup of our class, and the code we developed for the class, here.

Sample Guest Lectures

Duke Biology - Animal Physiology

I taught a guest lecture covering the intersection of sexual selection and animal physiology. I asked students to connect the concepts they had been learning in class to primary research investigating jump-snap displays in manakins and weapon development in beetles. See the video on YouTube.






Duke Biology - The Evolution of Animal Form

I led a class that discussed the intersection of the evolutionary theories of Darwinism, Historicism, and Structuralism. Students completed an exercise in which they debated the influence of these factors on the evolution of selected stomatopod traits. See the video on Youtube.





Elon University - Science Without Borders

Science Without Borders is a science course for non-majors. I led a short class session covering biomimetics. Students also participated in an exercise where they created their own biomimetic product. See the video on YouTube.