Teaching

I teach an upper-level undergraduate class on Physiological Ecology (ECOL 4240-4240L) every fall. A short blurb describing the class is below. Also see the class facebook page for videos of some of the labs

https://www.facebook.com/EcoPhysiology

Physiological Ecology (ECOL 4240-4240L) is a very hands-on, informal class with a focus on understanding how ecologists utilize concepts in animal physiology to address ecological questions. The labs provide exposure to the many types of approaches to studying physiology, both in invertebrates and vertebrates. Most labs involve working with live critters, including amphibians, butterflies, caterpillars, beetles and birds, and performing simple experiments to collect data, which we examine using basic statistics.

View a pdf announcement for this class here View the 2011 Eco-Phys syllabus here

 

I also teach a summer version of Ecology 1000 - The Ecological Basis for Environmental Issues. This is a class designed for non-ecology majors and we cover topics such as human population growth, agriculture and food, biodiversity conservation and animal adaptations. This is an 8-week course that meets 4 sessions per week (one day is devoted to previewing films on environmental issues). Regardless of the student's major (dance, physics or theatre), these issues are all relevant to everyone who lives on this planet.

I've been told this is a good class - below is a message I got from a football player after the 2014 class.

"I really enjoyed your class this summer, and I learned a lot. I am not usually very good at science or understand it all that well, but you made me excited to come to class and taught me a lot."