A rudimentary Zoom activity for introducing the idea of density-dependent vs. frequency-dependent parasite transmission using breakout rooms. Outlined here.

Summer 2019: Evolutionary Biology Workshop at Mountain Lake Biological Station

Curt Lively, Lynda Delph and I are teaching a week-long course for early graduate students from July 28 to August 4, 2019. You’ll identify important questions in evolutionary biology, talk science with your peers, and learn to communicate your ideas in writing. This workshop is modeled off a course established in 1988 by Stephen Stearns and hosted by the University of Basel every year since in Guarda, Switzerland. We’ve developed our workshop to allow more North American graduate students to take advantage of this historic model for evolution education. More information here.

Courses at UVA

I start teaching in 2020 – stay tuned for information about courses


A brief teaching statement

As a teacher and a mentor, I strive to foster curiosity, scientific literacy, and critical thinking. I emphasize the biological and mathematical foundations of ecological and evolutionary theory through hands-on, inquiry-based activities in the classroom, lab and field. My lectures, activities, and assignments focus on developing scientific thinking and writing and on connecting evolutionary ecology to global challenges. My classroom revolves around the use of simple, hands-on activities to directly engage students in complex concepts. For an example, learn more about the Red Queen Game here.

(active learning approaches are linked to improved performance in STEM classes, particularly for students from underrepresented populations – Haak et al. 2011 Science, Freeman et al. 2014 PNAS, Eddy and Hogan 2014 CBE – Life Sciences Education)