Students: Interested in working on independent research? Need help with analyses or comments on a presentation or paper? Contact me!

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Students observing bees visiting flowers

Teaching and student mentorship is an important component of my career. I have mentored high school students in an environmental education program, teaching them the basics of experimental design, how to critically evaluate data, and how to communicate their findings in presentations and written reports. I have taught a range of undergraduate labs and facilitated discussion groups in courses such as General Biology, Animal Diversity, Biogeography, and Conservation Biology. I have also mentored undergraduate and graduate students on independent research projects.

Identifying insects

My mentoring approach varies with each student, but I generally focus on engagement with a problem, developing hypothesis-driven questions, quantitative data analysis, and communication. My goal for each student is to help foster a deeper interest in science and to help students move toward their own educational and career goals.