Teaching is part of an interconnected process in science and research. Research and teaching both require clear transmission of information, and are thus both part of human knowledge expansion. I view teaching in a continuum with public outreach at one end and the training of graduate students at the other. In my opinion, it is important to contribute to the full teaching spectrum and the challenge is to communicate appropriately for the audience. My experience in teaching and outreach has been mainly focused in plant biology and the plant fossil record. Being involved with collections provides great opportunities for public outreach and education. I enjoy training students in a research laboratory setting, and performing presentations from small to large groups in both academic and public outreach settings.