Demonstrating for a group of ornithology students how to extract a bird from a mist-net. Photo by Joe Mendoza (photographer for Colorado State University). To see a full slideshow, click here.

I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate-level classes:

  • zoology

  • statistics

  • evolution

  • ornithology

The class I have been most heavily involved in is ornithology. During my Ph.D. program at Colorado State University, I spent two years as a teaching assistant and two years co-instructing the class with my advisor. I revamped the labs substantially and added a field trip that involved demonstrating how to catch songbirds, which proved to be very popular (click here to see slideshow with photos from one of our field trips).

I have also been involved in the development of two web-based teaching modules, one looking at life history evolution in Orange-crowned Warblers and another looking at the population ecology of Black-throated Blue Warblers (click on the title to go to the module):

Life History Evolution

This teaching module uses Orange-crowned Warblers as a model system for understanding ecological factors that shape life history evolution. The focus is on warbler populations on two islands that have contrasting food levels and predator communities. I developed this module with Helen Sofaer and Jongmin Yoon for the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University. It is appropriate for the undergrad level and has been used as an assignment in an ecology course at CSU. 

Population Ecology

This teaching module was developed for the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation in New Hampshire, and uses long-term data on Black-throated Blue Warblers to ask what limits the reproductive success of migratory birds. I created this website with Helen Sofaer, Scott Sillett, and Jackie Wilson and it is appropriate for science classrooms from the High School to the early college level. It has been used as an assignment in an ornithology course at CSU, as well as numerous High School classrooms in New Hampshire. A description of this teaching module was published in American Biology Teacher (see Academic Publications).