An introduction to the study of freshwater habitats, including lakes, streams and wetlands. This course provides an overview of the general ecological and physical principles operating in freshwater environments, as well as the aquatic organisms found in these habitats. We also focus on the role of water resources in shaping the human enterprise… and the reciprocal relationship. Students are exposed to freshwater environments through demonstrations, hands-on activities and trips to local lakes and streams.
Environmental Biology (BIO 121) – Spring
In this course we explore timely environmental topics as a way to connect fundament and important natural processes with phenomena we see in nature and that can directly affect our lives. This introduction to environmental science and biology is designed for non-science majors curious about the natural world and game to explore it through a biological lens. Topics include pollution, climate change, resource depletion, energy production and use, overpopulation, disease outbreaks and land conversion.
Wildlife Biology and Management (BIO 479) – Fall of even years
With humans as a critical force and dominant stakeholders in ecosystems, management of natural resources is now a necessary role for us in many areas of the world. This course explores that natural population and community context of animal species, focusing on species harvested for economic or recreational purposes, and those that are are risk of extinction. Students will learn from practitioners in the field and participate in local wildlife monitoring initiatives with weekly field trips and activities.
Conservation Genetics (BIO 475) – Spring of odd years
University of Connecticut
Spatial Evolution – Fall 2013
This course explores the spatial aspects of evolution, from broad-scale patterns of adaptive divergence to microgeographic adapation over very small spatial scales on the landscape.
Yale University (as a Teaching Fellow)
An intensive introduction to freshwater environments, structured around lectures covering core concepts, field trips to local lakes and streams, and lab investigations. Students learn major ecological concepts as they relate to freshwater systems and how to collect, analyze and report field data.
An introduction to the conservation of wildlife populations and species using ecological principles and quantitative approaches. Students learn a suite of skills and apply these skills for solving real-world conservation issues. A discussion section complements lectures, where students learn how to use mathematical models of population dynamics for conservation decision-making.
Research Methods in the Natural Sciences
This course is designed to introduce incoming students to the principles and methods of scientific inquiry and presentation. Throughout the course, students incorporate these ideas as they formulate their own thesis research, from hypothesis development, to study design, and culminating with the submission of a grant or fellowship proposal.
Biology of Climate Change Seminar
A student-led course on the potential effects of climate change to biological systems, including population declines, species extinctions and the often neglected role of adaptive responses to changing climates.