Teaching & Mentoring

University Teaching


    Lecturer – California State University, Monterey Bay, CA


BIO 240 L, Ecology, Evolution & Biodiversity (Fa, Sp 2011-2012)
Examines the evolutionary and ecological relationships of organisms with their environment, as well as the breadth of biological diversity.  Activities focus on conducting scientific experiments and writing in the scientific style.

BIO 340 & 340 L, Ecology (Fa 2010-2011)
Introduces ecological concepts and theory by exploring the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Monterey Bay. A systems approach teaches how organisms interact with one another and with the natural world around them. Emphasizes population, community, and ecosystem level ecology.

BIO 345 L, Marine Biology (Fa, Sp 2011-2012)
Focuses on the living organisms found in marine habitats. Examines the physical, biological, and evolutionary factors influencing the organisms in the many diverse marine habitats on earth. Introduces marine research topics and environmental issues by exploring the natural history of local marine habitats.

ENVS 300, Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking in Environmental Science (Sp 2011)
Students develop library research, writing, and critical analysis skills they will need to link science to policy decisions. Students develop a learning plan that integrates their ENVS concentration, capstone interests, and personal and professional goals.

    Teaching Assistant – University of California, Santa Barbara, CA


EEMB 3 L, Introduction to the Diversity of Life (Sp 2008)

Laboratory introduction to the major taxonomic groups.  The diversity of microbes, plants, and animals is examined using living and preserved materials.
EEMB 120 AL, Field Ecology (Fa 2004-2008; catalog
Practical studies in ecology in both field and laboratory, emphasizing the design and analysis of experiments pertaining to population dynamics, competition, predation, diversity, adaptation, and life history strategies.

EEMB 120 BL, Independent Ecological Research (Wi 2005-2009)
Practical studies in ecology in both field and laboratory. Individual projects are emphasized, and each student designs, executes and analyzes an independent research project.

EEMB 176, Advanced Biostatistics (Sp 2005, 2006)
Accelerated overview of parametric and nonparametric statistical techniques that are used in the biological sciences. The course unifies many traditional statistical tests by expressing them all as a single unified testing protocol.  Students use computerized sampling to evaluate the robustness and power of a wide diversity of parametric vs. nonparametric tests. Students also learn to use computerized software to carry out all the tests described in the lecture class.

    Curriculum Development – University of California, Santa Barbara, CA


EEMB 2 L, Laboratory Investigations of Life
Introduction to population and community ecology, and evolution. Laboratory investigations illustrate basic principles of animal and plant physiology, ecology, and evolution.  I developed lab modules that used analysis of intertidal photoquadrates to introduce students to concepts of ecology and field biology.

Undergraduate Mentoring


  • As a researcher with the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research Site, I have been fortunate to advise and mentor over a dozen undergraduate researchers. I worked particularly closely with two, who assisted me in my field work, and who I advised as they planned and conducted senior honors theses:

 Jennifer Gowan


Ms Gowan was my field assistant from 2007-2008, and was instrumental to the completion of my dissertation research.  She conducted an independent research project investigating indirect effects of crown-of-thorns on reef fish, for which she was awarded the Best Student Poster Award at the Western Society of Naturalists meeting in 2007, and which she intends to publish.  Ms Gowan is currently a Masters student at California State University, Northridge.

 Christopher Martinez


Mr Martinez was my field assistant from 2005-2006, after he was awarded the Worster Award supporting his field work.  He was critical in the development of several of my experiments, and conducted a senior honors thesis illuminating the natural history of the amphipods that are the basis of my dissertation.  Mr Martinez is currently a Ph.D. student at the School of Marine Sciences at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

  • As a teaching assistant for Field Ecology (EEMB 120 BL) I trained and mentored 33 undergraduates as they planned and conducted independent research projects. The projects varied widely, using laboratory and field investigations to test a variety of ecological questions in aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals.

Other Teaching Experiences


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