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I have been a student of nature my entire life, so biology was a natural fit for me. My main research emphasis has been with horned lizard ecology, but I am fascinated by all living things and enjoy learning about life at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological levels. I really enjoy teaching but have long felt that traditional testing and grading practices were harmful to the learning process, so I have been actively pursuing "ungrading" practices with the goal of fostering deeper understanding, longer retention, more cooperation, and better student-teacher relations. I am proud of my students and believe each of them have something great to contribute to the world.
Human anatomy is the course I teach most often, and I always enjoy it. Over the years I have taught general biology, microbiology, physiology, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, herpetology, mammalogy, and more. I always try to learn new things as I teach, and I look for better ways to communicate ideas to students in ways that are memorable and meaningful.
Desert ecology has been my main research focus, with a lot of emphasis on population monitoring and conservation work. More recently I have decided to try a novel approach to addressing the problem of harmful algal blooms. I think the idea is a good one, even though so far all my attempts have failed.
Certificate in Effective College Instruction, 2022
ACUE and ACE