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Undergraduate Philosophy & Courses

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At the undergraduate level, I currently teach a large course in Ecology (BI 370), a smaller upper-division course in Marine Ecology with a field lab (Z 351/352), and a combined undergraduate/ graduate course in Marine Conservation Biology (Z 464/564), co-taught with Dr. Selina Heppell of the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  I also occasionally teach colloquia for the OSU University Honors College.

My teaching philosophy is to provide well-illustrated, up-to-date lectures that are interesting as well as informative, and to relate academic knowledge to the real world.  I also explore hands-on approaches, including class debates and other non-traditional tools.  My grading reputation is often described as "rigorous yet fair."

I have been honored by my students with consistently positive teaching reviews and with college-wide awards, including the Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching, the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Top Professor Award, and recognition by the OSU Mentors Program.