August 2021: Prof. Marc Goebel and Paul Rodewald invited us back again – Co-teaching an insect-plant network lab for Field Bio is a highlight of fall here – it’s joy to teach w Julie Davis & Dr. Heather Grab ! The Buzzline at @CUintheGarden was ALIVE today w wool-carder bees, bumbles, ambush bugs & crab spiders (etc!)
September 2020: Profs. Marc Goebel and Paul Rodewald invited us back again to teach the annual Entomology Module for their Natural Resources Class! This year everything looked a little different with the social distancing.
Kyla O’Hearn, Dr. Heather Grab and I tag-teamed an adapted teaching exercise where we used fluorescent powder to both untangle plant pollinator networks and estimate populations size with mark-recapture equations (and then have fun talking about which of the equations assumptions we were violating!).
January 2020: My second semester of teaching Investigative Biology Laboratories has begun! This is my second time teaching a full-semester course, and although I miss the fall students, I’m grateful not to be teaching a night class this semester (10PM was late!!). Looking forward to another round of modules on antibiotic resistance and limiting nutrients for algae!
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
November 2018: Professor Marina Caillaud invited me to give a guest lecture in her Honey Bee Biology Course on bee biology and pesticides! I began by sharing a personal story from an orchard where I used to work, when the farm manager realized an entire multi-acre block of peaches could only be saved by using a pesticide that is extremely toxic to bees, and asked the students to consider the day to day constraints of applicators’ spray decisions. Then, we delved into recent science of lethal and nonlethal pesticide effects, fungicide and insectide synergies, and strategies for mitigating pesticide exposure. Thanks for having me, Marina!