The field of biogeochemistry appeals to me intellectually because of the inherent connectedness between disciplines. The term denotes an exploration of the ways the physical, chemical and biological realms are related with the goal of understanding the complexity of a fully integrated system. Linking concepts and disciplines together takes away some of the simplicity of how we understand them by themselves, but allows us to grasp a larger view of the world. Learning is also a process that makes connections between two areas that formerly were unrelated, thereby giving the person a deeper understanding of his or her surroundings. My main goal in my teaching is to aid students in making connections between seemingly different disciplines, as well as to connect science into their personal lives. By helping them see the vast array of connectedness in our world, I empower students to acquire knowledge on their own and transition from receivers of information into life-long learners.
I teach a fall semester Scientific Communication class at KU (Syllabus-2016). It developed from previous iterations I taught at the University of Nebraska, which focused solely on scientific writing (Syllabi: 2013, 2014, 2015,.Scientific Communication – Spring 2018). As part of this class, I developed a summary of Dr. Josh Shimel’s Writing Science textbook; you can download that Schimel in a Sheet here.
I also teach Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems (last offered Spring 2017) and Principles of Ecology (BIOL/EVNR 414; offered Fall 2017).
At the University of Nebraska, I taught Limnology and Writing Science, as well as graduate seminars in Aquatic Sciences. I was awarded the Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence (Junior Faculty, 2015).
At Wright State, I taught Environmental Microbiology and Global Biogeochemical Cycles.