You can 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 returned from my sabbatical on July 1, 2021.
An exploration of basic concepts and methods in ecology and of the relevance of ecological thinking in the life sciences. Emphasis is on interactions at the level of the organism, including physiological and evolutionary perspectives, and on their consequences on the composition and diversity of populations and communities within ecosystems. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112 (2021) or AUBIO 212.Winter Term 2022
Application of statistical and informatics methods for analysis of biological datasets (e.g., plant, bird and bat communities) using both univariate and multivariate techniques. Students will also develop critical skills in research design, organization and interpretation of data, and written and oral communication skills. Course also includes data collection during a short field trip. Prerequisites AUBIO 253 and AUSTA 215.Winter Term 2022
Supervised laboratory or field research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An Application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course.Fall Term 2021
Comparative survey of the anatomy, morphology, function, life cycles, and evolutionary features of algae and non-vascular and vascular plants. Taxonomic and ecological considerations are also presented. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112 (2021) or AUBIO 212.Fall Term 2021
This is the capstone course for the Augustana Biology degree program and as such is designed to foster students' reflection on their biology degree program. An overview of historical progression in the biological sciences and their associated development in relation to prevailing philosophical, social, and cultural contexts act as the prompt for student reflection. Prerequisites: AUBIO 338, one of AUBIO 323, 374, 394, 395; fourth-year standing.Winter Term 2022
Experimental design, data presentation and analysis; descriptive statistics, probability distributions and statistical hypothesis testing; parametric and nonparametric tests, correlation and regression; use of statistical software. Prerequisites: Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2; one of AUBIO 111, AUCHE 110, AUCSC 111 (2021), 113, AUENV 120, AUGEO 120, AUMAT 110, 116, 120, AUPHY 102 (2021), 104 (2021), 110 (2021), 120. Notes: The course does not count toward the major in Mathematics and Physics or the minor in Mathematics. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUSTA 153, 213, 215, AUPSY 213 (2020).Fall Term 2021