PIPES and Kupu HYCC interns take a break for a photo-op in the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest.
Students are more engaged when they are active participants in their own education. I seek to inspire curiosity and critical thinking by fostering an interactive and collaborative learning environment.
I have experience developing and teaching full courses as well as mentoring independent student research projects. Please see my CV for more detail. I'm interested in teaching ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology, soil science, global change biology and science communication.
I recently developed and taught a new course on Science Writing and Communication to students in the TCBES Graduate Program in the Spring of 2015 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Science Education Tools, Tips and Resources: Consider a Spherical Cow (book) - 'A practical guide to environmental problem-solving', by John Harte. Filled with exercises that encourage students to think quantitatively and creatively about a wide range of environmental issues. Software Carpentry- Excellent hands-on lessons covering basic scientific computing skills, including R, the Unix Shell, Python and version control with Git. Software Carpentry is a non-profit that teaches researchers basic software skills, check out theirwebsitefor more details or to organize a workshop. Twitter in the Classroom - Advantages and potential pitfalls of using social media as an education tool. Also, see Bob Booth'sblog post on his positive experience incorporating Twitter into his Conservation & Biodiversity course. Wikipedia Writing Assignments- A template for creating and editing Wikipedia pages as an alternative to term papers. Flipped Classroom - Inverts the typical lecture and homework format. Team-Based Learning - More than just group projects.