As an ecologist, I aim to teach my students not only what is known in the scientific community, but also how to think like a scientist. It is important for students to engage with and understand the environment they are learning about, thus I encourage experiential learning. I have taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses and I believe that critical thinking, writing, and the ability to problem solve and synthesize information are the most important things for students to learn.
Instructor (Skype a Scientist) 2019-Present
Online interactive classrooms for grade school students on evolutionary biology
Teaching Assistant (University of Guelph) 2018-Present
Courses: Introduction to Biodiversity, Animal Behaviour, Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Field Ecology.
Teaching Assistant (Stony Brook University) 2016-2018
Courses: Marine Apex Predators, Conservation and Biology of Seabirds.
Ecology Summer Camp Leader (Archbold Biological Station) 2016
Program: Led and organized programs for the Archbold Biological Station Ecology Summer Camp
Undergraduate tutor (Paul Smith's College) 2011-2015
Courses: General ecology, Wildlife management, Advanced Wildlife techniques, and Ornithology
Guest lecturer (Benedictine College) 2021
Courses: Animal Behaviour
Guest lecturer (University of Guelph) 2019-Present
Courses: Scientific communication, Animal Behaviour
Guest lecturer (Stony Brook University) 2017
Courses: Marine Apex Predators
As a mentor, I aim to make a contribution to the development of students and their career goals. Productive relationships with mentees are based on clear communication, respect, humility, hard work, and humor. During my MSc and PhD research, I have mentored eight students (both graduate and undergraduate). Most of these students were mentored in the field during active research. Many of my mentees have gone on to acquire additional positions with ecological studies and several of them have been awarded research grants.
Karen Ong - MSc student - University of Guelph (2020-present)
Kathryn Nicol - Field Assistant - University of Guelph (2021)
Joschka McLeod – Undergraduate Thesis Student – University of Guelph (2020-2021)
Andre Picard – Field Assistant – University of Guelph (2020)
Cheyenne Patterson Garand – Field Assistant – St. Lawrence College (2020)
Eloise Hind-Smith – Field Assistant – University of Guelph (2019)
Violeta Onland – MSc Internship – Wageningen University (2019)
Kimberly Lato – MSc student – Stony Brook University (2019)
Maria Amella – MSc Internship – Stony Brook University (2018)