As a graduate student I was funded primarily on research fellowships.  This was a double-edged sword because although it freed up time to concentrate on my dissertation research and other collaborative efforts, I was not in a position to interact with undergraduate students as much as I would have liked.  Luckily, it turns out that all you have to do is ask!  Three of the four classes I led were on a volunteer basis.  I am especially grateful to Dr. Jeff Mayne at Westminster College, who hired me on to be the primary instructor for a non-majors biology class, which was one of the most rewarding experiences of my brief career.  My classroom experiences:

  • Adjunct instructor, Essentials of Biology 105.  Westminster College, Fulton, MO. 2010.
  • Adjunct instructor, Biological Processes 112 (lab). Westminster College, Fulton, MO. 2009.
  • Teaching assistant, General Ecology 3650 (lab). University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. 2008 & 2009.
  • Volunteer assistant, Ornithology 2600 (lab).  University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. 2007 & 2008.

I also spent time with undergraduates in the lab and in the field.  I am sure I learned as much from them as they did from me.

  • Mentor in NSF-funded Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology program
    • Emily Tewes (2009) – we investigated seasonal patterns of nest survival for the Acadian Flycatcher
    • Miles Walz-Salvador (2007) – we investigated long-term population trends of forest birds in Missouri
  • Mentor in the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Program
    • Curtis Kukal (2007) – we investigated the effects of roads on songbird productivity

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