It is vital to teach the next generation of scientists, as well as make sure future citizens have a strong grasp of major scientific principles, as well as be able to critically and independently evaluate scientific evidence. In alignment with this, I have tried to volunteer to guest lecture, be a teaching assistant and support instruction where possible.
I have given a total of 9 guest lectures in the following courses at Michigan State University and Kalamazoo College:
ENT205: Pests and Society
ZOL355: Honors Ecology
BIOL396: Entomology (K College)
ENT404: Fundamentals of Entomology
ENT890: Tritrophic Interactions: Theory and Practice
The topics of the guest lectures have included the following:
Integrated Pest Management
Multivariate Data: Theory and Use in Chemical Ecology
In addition, I organized a field trip for K College’s entomology course, and lined up speakers, labs to visit, as well as gave presentations about my own research.
I was a teaching assistant for ENT890: Tritrophic Interactions for two semesters. In that capacity, I gave lab tutorials on headspace collection and analyzing headspace data, gave guest lectures on various topics, and helped students as needed with their own projects.
Moreover, I was a proctor for ENT205: Pests and Society for four semesters.
Finally, I taught evolutionary ecology for half a year to German undergraduate students in German while at the University of Munich. This involved teaching a variety of ecological concepts, including Lotka-Volterra Competition, Tilman’s Resource Competition Theory, Allee Effects, among many other topics.