Outreach & Teaching

September 2019: In addition to my regular teaching duties for Investigative Biology, I’m guest-instructing two entomology labs this month for a Field Biology course in the Natural Resources Department, alongside Dr. Heather Grab. The weather was stunning for our first afternoon lab (pictured), where the students mapped out the interaction networks of multiple plant species alongside Beebe Lake. We also had an introductory lesson on species area curves and students practiced pinning and identifying their own insect collections, following my lecture to the course!

Fall 2019: After two years funded as an NSF GRF fellow, this fall I’m eager to begin as a TA laboratory instructor for BIO1500, Investigative Biology. I’m excited to work with Prof Mark Sarvary, Teaching Post-doc Mitra Asgari, and the rest of this super-TA team dedicated to good pedagogy to learn how to convey fundamental principles and research design skills to a new generation of undergraduates. #CUintheLab

My students drawing experimental design schematics on the board!

Summer 2019: I was invited back to Yale Myers Forest to teach an expanded module on bee biology & plant-pollinator interactions to Prof. Marlyse DuGuid’s summer field ecology students. I also gave an evening lecture in the Yale Myers Forest Summer Seminar Series! It was a packed house with landowners and foresters from the Quiet Corner in NE Connecticut.

Summer 2019: Field adventures discovering bee nesting aggregations in Marin County, CA.

July 2018: I had a blast running a summer field ecology module at Yale Myers forest on wild bee biology, plant-pollinator interaction networks. The field ecology students were a ton of fun.

Summer 2017: This was a summer packed full of outreach events! Pictured here are an orchard walk at Eve’s Cidery, and a bee biology & plant-pollinator interaction workshop with Groundswell Center for Food & Farming.

Spring 2017: For the second semester of my Extension & Outreach Assistantship, I am creating a narrated powerpoint presentation that will be a module within the Continuing Education program for pesticide applicators, available through Cornell’s Pesticide Management Education Program. The module I am creating focuses on wild bee biology and mitigating risk and exposure to bees.

Fall 2016: This fall, I am working as an assistant researcher for the Master Beekeeper Program to Emma Mullen as part of my Extension & Outreach Assistantship. I am researching and writing modules on honey bee pests & diseases.

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