As a teacher, my goal is to spark students’ enthusiasm by illustrating the connections between the natural world and their own lives and presenting the earth, ocean and atmosphere as a dynamic system about which we still have much to discover. I use authentic examples to make connections between scientific concepts and real-world issues in my teaching, which I incorporate through inquiry-based labs, environmental field sampling, student analysis of real published data, and discussion of scientific content in current news articles. In addition to learning scientific content, I find students attain a more complete understanding of the natural world and of scientific discovery by engaging in the process of generating scientific knowledge, including learning how to formulate a scientific question, generate a hypothesis, collect and analyze data, interpret results and formulate conclusions.

Courses Taught:

  • Geosciences 215: Earth System Data Science, Wellesley College, Spring 2019 (syllabus)

  • Geosciences 102: The Dynamic Earth, Wellesley College, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (syllabus)

  • Geosciences 208: Oceanography, Wellesley College, Fall 2018 (syllabus)

  • Chemical Oceanography, Woods Hole Diversity Committee Partnership Education Program (Instructor), July 2017

  • General Chemistry II with Laboratory, The Evergreen State College (Visiting Member of the Faculty), July-Sept. 2014 (syllabus)

  • OCEAN 443, 444 and 445: Undergraduate Senior Thesis: Proposal, Research, Data Analysis and Writing sequence, University of Washington (Teaching Assistant), Sept. 2012 - June 2013

  • OCEAN 200: Introduction to Oceanography, University of Washington (Teaching Assistant), March - June 2012

Teaching resources:

I have developed resources for presentations on carbon and climate and on oysters and ocean acidification, which are publicly available through the University of Washington Program on Climate Change. I have been a frequent guest lecturer on these and related topics at the University of Washington, The Evergreen State College, North Seattle College, and numerous Seattle area public high schools.

I developed a hands-on data analysis activity on ocean acidification for students in advanced high school and introductory undergraduate courses on chemistry and earth/ocean/climate science. Students analyze real-world data from a published study to explain how ocean acidification is affecting the oyster aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to developing this activity, I have trained Seattle area high school teachers to use this in their classrooms and presented on student outcomes from completing this activity at the AACU STEM conference in 2015.