Teaching

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

Here, I am showing students in ENT890 the y-tube olfactometer and how it works.

Here, I am showing students in ENT890 the y-tube olfactometer and how it works.

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

Species Distributions/Patterns

Biological Control

Ant-Plant-Herbivore Mutualisms

Multivariate Data: Theory and Use in Chemical Ecology

Lotka-Volterra Competition

Evolutionary Ecology

Invasion Biology

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.

Dr. Ann Fraser's BIOL396 course during their visit, which I organized on Michigan State University's campus.

Dr. Ann Fraser’s BIOL396 course during their visit, which I organized on Michigan State University’s campus.

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.

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