Teaching and outreach

Students in my field botany class with western peony


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.

Looking closely at sepals at a neighborhood plant identification workshop at the Lawrence Community Orchard

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.

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.

Presenting my research results to land managers at the Missouri Department of Conservation