I am on sabbatical from July 1 2020 - June 30 2021. You can also learn more about me and my teaching and research interests by visiting my personal academic website HERE. Learn more about my current teaching offerings by clicking on the courses link.
My research is focused on ecological recovery of forested and grassland ecosystems after both natural and anthropogenic disturbance agents including:
My teaching interests include anything to do with plants, statistics, conservation biology, and all levels of ecology. I am not teaching while on sabbatical from Fall 2020-Winter 2021.
A brief introduction to my teaching philosophy:
One professor can make the difference in transforming the university experience for a student; I focus on being that professor who will make the difference for my students. I aim to inspire my students to move forward excited about taking what they learn in-class beyond the classroom and eager to learn more . As a teacher my overarching goal is to create an engaging and supportive learning environment where my students will gain knowledge, as well as critical thinking, and communication skills, while also discovering an appreciation (or even better a passion) for what they are learning about and how they are learning. Here are my six personal tenets about teaching and learning, associated learner-centered goals for my students: i) passion can ignite students; ii) learning begins with a student-centered ‘circle of niceness’ supportive learning environment; iii) students must be engaged in their learning; iv) students are individuals first (and so am I); v) risk is worth the reward; and vi) learning is an iterative process. My long-term ongoing goal is that I engage students to discover ways to experience multiple ‘wow’ factors during their time in my classes, and that my caring nature, passionate energy, and enthusiasm for what they are learning helps get them there.
I am on sabbatical from July 1 2020 - June 30 2021.