TEACHING

My use of paleontology as a 'gateway' mirrors my overarching philosophy in teaching: curiosity drives critical thinking, science is a process of thinking and interpreting the world around us, science is for everyone, and everything is connected.

Teaching Philosophy  (brief)

It is my responsibility as a teacher to:

     -provide hands-on minds-on experiences

     -foster curiosity

     -help them be successful in achieving their goals at     

          many stages of their lives

     -provide an inclusive environment

     -enhance enthusiasm for learning

     -facilitate independent research for all

     -demonstrate everything is connected

     -show that the scientific method is a way of thinking

          about the world

Classes

EARTH'S DYNAMIC SYSTEMS (GEOS 2024, undergraduate)

EVOLUTION OF THE VERTEBRATES (GEOS 4234, undergraduate, G5234, graduate)

EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (GEOS 1014)

INTRODUCTION TO PALEOBIOLOGY (GEOS 2984)

PALEONTOLOGY LAB TECHNIQUES (GEOS 3644 undergraduate, 6304, graduate)

Research Mentorship

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Mentored 34 undergraduate students:

     -7 undergraduates with specific projects (6 abstracts, 3 peer-reviewed

publications)

     -31 undergraduates in the paleontology lab during 'Tuesday-night lab night'

     -4 undergraduates in the field (Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico)

Mentored 3 high school students:

     -3 high school students in the paleontology lab during 'Tuesday-night lab ni

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Methods

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2011

MOLDING FOSSIL SPECIMENS

    University of Texas at Austin

 

CASTING FOSSIL SPECIMENS

    University of Texas at Austin

 

2010-2012

DISSECTIONS OF VERTEBRATES

    University of Texas at Austin

    University of Washington