I enjoy teaching a range of topics related to ecology, botany and science communication. As an educator, I strive to help all my students think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively with diverse groups.
I help students develop as independent scientists by emphasizing skills for scientific inference, particularly study design and analysis methods. I also encourage students of ecology to gain inspiration and ideas by spending time observing the natural world.
Taking students in the field is one of my favorite parts of teaching, and I love the unique opportunities for learning that occur hiking along a trail, where examples of connections between plant communities and landscape context are in panoramic abundance.
In the spring of 2017, during my time as a postdoc at UC Davis, I designed and taught a three-credit lichenology course with lecture, lab and field components through UCD’s Environmental Science and Policy Department. Designing a course on one of my favorite topics was both a lot of fun and a great learning experience, and the course was attended by a group of motivated and enthusiastic students. California has a remarkably low ratio of lichenologists to lichen species, so I am pleased to note that almost a third of the students from my class are still engaged in independent research involving lichens a year later.
For more information on my teaching experience, please see my CV.
I believe that connecting and communicating with diverse groups outside of academia is a key part of being a scientist. To this end, I build relationships with land managers, members of the conservation community, and the general public through collaborative projects, outreach events, and citizen science projects.
I particularly enjoy leading plant identification workshops for people of all experience levels. Please contact me if you’re interested in having me speak or lead a workshop at an event.