In order to promote the use of digital data and methods, I am designing and teaching introductory workshops in the programming language R. Participants include faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students across the sciences and humanities. These workshops (calendar) teach the basics of programming, data structures, data visualization, and statistics, while providing ample time for directed practice.
National Geographic Student Expeditions, Summer 2017 Iceland
In the Iceland Expedition, we adventured to glaciers, waterfalls, and ice caves on this unique island on the mid-Atlantic ridge. High school students explored topics of geology, climate, and renewable energy, or learned the principles of field photography. Throughout their time there, these students worked with program leaders on their 'On Assignment' project on climate change and geology or photography.
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Plant Ecology (EBIO 4140), Fall 2016 University of Colorado, Boulder
Using evidence-based teaching practices, I designed and taught this course to allow students to learn individual plant biology to community-level ecology through fieldwork, active classroom assignments, and reading primary literature. During the semester, students developed either a research proposal to fund their graduate studies or a cover letter and curriculum vitae applicable for future career endeavors.
National Geographic Student Expeditions, Summer 2015 University of Colorado, Boulder
In this first Exploration and Conservation Workshop, we visited research institutes and explored the Rocky Mountains in order to understand the challenges that scientists face in addressing global issues, such as climate change and wildlife conservation. Program leaders worked closely with students to write either a grant proposal for a project that addresses an important issue in their community, or to create a photography portfolio documenting a topic of the program. Designed to foster a close community and prepare students for their undergraduate studies, this program left lasting impressions.
Applied Ecology (ENVS 2000), Spring 2015 University of Colorado, Boulder
Taught by Dr. Daniel Doak, this course used primary literature examples and case studies to illustrate how fundamental ecological concepts are interwoven with the scientific and political difficulties inherent to solving environmental issues. Students participated in my discussion sections every week, where we clarified complex topics, learned how to write critiques of scientific articles, and prepared for exams.