Teaching is a vital aspect of my life as a biologist. I've been lucky during my development to have learned from some truly exceptional teachers, each of whom provides a model to which I aspire.I teach the following courses:
Diversity (PLP/ECOL/MIC 329A) is a three-unit, lecture- and
inquiry-based course held annually during the fall semester. The
course is offered to undergraduate students with an interest in the
remarkable genetic, species-level, physiological, phylogenetic,
functional, and ecological diversity of acellular, prokaryotic, and
Core Concepts in Plant Sciences (PLS 560) is a fall-semester, team-taught course for graduate students in which I focus on plant diversity in an ecological, evolutionary, and phylogenetic framework. Four units. Course coordinator: Dr. Dennis Ray, Plant Sciences.
Advanced Mycology (PLP 575) is
a team-taught course for graduate students in which I focus on fungal
ecology. Four units. Co-taught
spring semesters with Marc Orbach.
Microbial and Fungal Ecology and Evolution (PLP 596B, section 253) is a
one-unit, seminar-style course for graduate students and advanced
undergrads. We meet every semester and focus on current and
foundational literature and
software applications in fungal and microbial biology. The course also
venue for students to practice professional skills (e.g., peer-review,
presentations). In recent semesters the course has adopted a focus on
the process and philosophy of science and the current
practice of life sciences in educational and research-based venues.