Courses Taught

Disease Ecology: Summer 2015-Present (syllabus)
University of Pittsburgh Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology

Herpetology: Spring 2013
University of Memphis

Anatomy & Physiology Lab: 2009-2013
University of Memphis

 Teaching Philosophy

My teaching interests can be simply stated: I place high value on involving students in hands-on learning that encompasses more than the call and response structure of classic examination.

Salamander locomotion lab in Herpetology class

Ultimately, I hope for a large component of my teaching to involve field outings. Some of the most rewarding experiences teaching herpetology involved taking students, many of whom had never truly experienced the outdoors, into wetlands, streams, and ponds to search for the organisms they only previously saw in books. Field experiences convey information and provide opportunities that are impossible to achieve through classical lecture, group discussion, or computer-simulation teaching styles.

Preparing an Ecology class for a day in the field.

One of the greatest things that I have learned over my career is that I do not need a classroom to teach. In my current position, my strong science background is incredibly useful when working with individuals who are more policy-oriented. I enjoy being able to share my knowledge with others, no matter the circumstances, and look forward to the opportunity to do so in the future.

Catching turtles for my Disease Ecology class

scicomm from research to policy

IOS in Focus

Blog of the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) at the National Science Foundation


Blog of the Division of Environmental Biology, NSF

The Lab and Field

Science, people, adventure


books and things.


Conservation research ... with bite

The Contemplative Mammoth

ice age ecology, early career academia, and diversity in STEM

Jabberwocky Ecology

Ethan White and Morgan Ernest's blog for discussing issues and ideas related to ecology and academia.

Dynamic Ecology

Multa novit vulpes

Small Pond Science

Research, teaching, and mentorship in the sciences