Teaching

I believe that good teaching has the power to enlighten, motivate, empower, and transform.  As a student, I was fortunate enough to have teachers who gave me a sense of wonder for the natural world, the skills to study it critically, and the chance to know the thrill of discovery.  My passion for teaching stems from this experience and it is my goal as a teacher to inspire the same transformation in my students.  To that end, I use a variety of active learning pedagogies and make it a point to integrate field experiences into my classes.

At Berry, I teach the following courses:

EVS 104: Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to basic physical and ecological concepts and principles that are pivotal to the sustainable management of our earth’s ecosystems. Lab experimentation with and observation of the environment.

EVS 220: Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including the nature of spatial data, cartography, GIS data models, spatial analysis, basic spatial modeling, and global positioning systems.  The laboratory component will provide experience using GIS software.

EVS 405: Environmental Science Methods
Introduction to measurement theory as applied to environmental science, emphasizing data acquisition, analysis, and display. The course will include lecture and lab applications of a scientific approach to a variety of environmental problems, as well as hands-on experience in identification of factors affecting environmental quality.

EVS 310: Biogeography
This course investigates past, present, and future plant and animal distributions and the processes that led to these patterns.  Human impacts on biotic distributions and applications of biogeographic knowledge and theory to conservation problems will also be discussed.  In addition to lectures, the class will read and discuss articles from the scientific literature and other sources.

EVS 480: Weather and Climate
This course investigates the Earth’s weather and climate systems and the physical processes that create them.  To deepen their understanding of course material, students will analyze historic and current climate and weather data.  There will also be an emphasis on modern climate change and its implications for society.

Prior to arriving at Berry, I taught the following courses at Willamette University (WU) and the University of Tennessee (UT):

GEOG 131 and 132: Introduction to Physical Geography I and II (UT)

ENVR 105: Introduction to Environmental Science (WU)

ERTH 112: Physical Geography (WU)

ERTH 361: Quaternary Paleoenvironments (WU)

ENVR 333: Global Climate Change (WU)

ERTH 333: Geographic Information Systems (WU)

ENVR 495/496: Environmental Science Senior Thesis (WU)

While a PhD student, I also spent two years as a NSF GK–12 Graduate Fellow where I worked in middle school science classrooms to integrate inquiry-based learning activities into their curriculum.

For more about my teaching experience, please see my CV.