Teaching

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.



Assistant Professor

  • PBIO 3190: Ohio Flora, Ohio University (2019)
  • PBIO 3080: Plant Structure, Ohio University (2019)
  • PBIO 1030: Plants and People, Ohio University (2019)
  • PBIO 3080: Plant Structure, Ohio University (2019)
  • PBIO 1150: Plant Structure and Development, Ohio University (2019)
  • PBIO 1030: Plants and People, Ohio University (2019)

Lecturer

  • Botany 380: Drug Plants, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta (Winter 2004)

Teaching Assistant

  • Biology 108: Introduction to Biological Diversity; Workshops, University of Alberta (Fall 2003 & 2005, Winter 2006)
  • Botany 205: Fundamentals of Plant Biology, Lab section, University of Alberta (Fall 2005)
  • Botany 308: Developmental Plant Anatomy, Lab section, University of Alberta (Fall 2004)
  • Botany 380: Drug Plants of the World, Lab section, University of Alberta (Winter 2001)
  • Botany 210: Biology of Land Plants, Lab section, University of Alberta (Winter 2001)
  • Biology 108: Introduction to Biological Diversity, Lab section, University of Alberta (Fall 2000)

Guest Lecturer

  • Gymnosperm evolutionary biology. SEMIDEEV: Écologie, Systématique et Evolution, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay (June 2014)
  • Hunger & Famine, Plants & People (BIOL 334), University of Victoria, (January 2014)
  • Gymnosperms Rule! Why you should care about Ephedra and Ginkgo, Centre for Forest Biology Seminar Series, University of Victoria (October 2013)
  • Gentotype to Phenotype: Biology 361 Molecular Genetics and Genomics, University of Victoria (January 2013)
  • Decodon allenbyensis from the Middle Eocene Princeton Chert, Graduate paleo‐seminar, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University (September 2006)
  • Examining the waifs and strays: Paleobotanical investigations in British Columbia, Paleontological Society, University of Alberta (April 2005)
  • Progymnosperms: Botany 411, University of Alberta (November 2004)
  • Asterids: Cornales & Ericales: Botany 321, Flowering Plants, University of Alberta (March 2004)
  • Angiosperms: Monocots & Dicots: Botany 210, Biology of Land Plants, University of Alberta (April 2003)

K-12 Outreach

  • Introduction to Botanical Sources of Drugs, Science 10, Centre High school, Edmonton, Alberta (April 2018)
  • Plants of the Carboniferous, Infinity Charter School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (November 2008)
  • Volunteer for Fossil Fest, simulated fossil excavation, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (February 2007)
  • Age of the Dinosaurs, Grade 8 class, J. R. Trippe Middle school, Vidalia, Georgia (March 2006)