Teaching

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I have recently taught or co-taught the following courses (for a complete list of all courses I have taught, see my CV):

Introductory Biology (EBIO 202) Spring

This is the second in a series of two introductory biology courses (BIOC 201, EBIO 202), offered annually in the Spring. In EBIO 202 you will study the variety of life that makes up this planet; you will learn about various species, their classification, functions, how they came into existence, and their interactions with each other and their environments. You will learn how evolution is central to a complete understanding of modern biology, and will be introduced to the science of ecology and its various sub-disciplines including population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. You will learn how a comparative approach offers insight into human anatomy and physiology. We will also touch on conservation biology and restorative ecology. Group discussions will allow students to explore these topics in more detail and discover how they are relevant to our everyday lives.

 

Intro to Experimental Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO 213) Spring

This is a two credit, half-semester course that introduces students to the science of ecology and evolutionary biology through hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory and field exercises. The class meets twice a week: a lecture on Mondays introduces the week’s topic; students then attend one of three afternoon lab sections that provide practical experience in the fundamentals of natural history, data collection and analysis, and communication of results.

 

Tropical Field Biology (EBIO 319) Summer Session I

This course takes students to the Central American country of Belize to examine first-hand the biology of the two most diverse ecosystems on earth: the coral reef and the tropical rainforest. Days are spent in the field making observations and collecting data; lectures in the evenings cover topics including diversity of tropical organisms and habitats, rainforest ecology, coral reef biology, historical biogeography, symbiosis, and conservation of tropical biodiversity.

 

Insect Biology (EBIO 326) Fall

This lecture course introduces students to the most abundant, diverse—and fascinating—organisms in the animal kingdom: the Insects. We explore how insects work, how they have exploited more niches than any other macro-organism, and how insect diversity reveals adaptive solutions to challenges posed by abiotic and biotic environments. Guest lectures and field trips expose students to the various ways that insects are used in biological research and how they affect our everyday lives.

 

Biological Diversity (EBIO 327) Fall

In this course, students work in groups to design, execute, and communicate the results of a systematic survey of particular groups of organisms in the Big Thicket National Preserve in east Texas. The course includes a required, weekend-long field trip that takes place over Fall Recess.

 

Insect Biology Lab (EBIO 330) Fall

This laboratory course focuses on understanding the biology of the world’s most diverse animal group—the insects—through collection, curation, and identification of specimens in natural and urban environments.

 

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