Teaching

Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin

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Our Maymester course in front of Volcan Arenal, summer 2017.

I have been a teaching assistant for my entire PhD at UT Austin. Courses I have assisted in:

  • Introductory biology for non-biology majors – general (two semesters)
  • Introductory biology for non-biology majors in the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program (eight semesters)
  • Land Use Issues in Rainforest Conservation; Study Abroad Costa Rica (two summers)
  • Animal Behavior (one summer)
  • Evolution (one semester)
  • Introductory Biology Lab (one semester)

Mentoring

Over the years, I have mentored multiple students in lab techniques and general research practices. During my PhD, I spent a few years mentoring a female undergraduate student through multiple independent research projects on spider taxonomy and behavior.

I was the Lead Facilitator for a Freshman Interest Group (~20 students) during their first semester at UT. We met once a week to discuss time management techniques, study strategies, and other tips for doing well in college. I was also an Academic Coach/Mentor for three undergraduate females working to get off of academic probation in their second semester of freshman year.

Scientist in Residence for the UT Environmental Science Institute

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Teaching high school students about microbiome research.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, I have worked with Teresa Oleniczak as a Scientist in Residence in two International Baccalaureate Biology Classes at Anderson High School. In the classes, I share my research and experiences as a scientist, develop and carry out lesson plans, and help students design and work through experiments for their IB diploma.