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