My experience in effectively communicating science material to students requires three things. The first is to demonstrate my enthusiasm and love for the subject. The second is to make the course material relevant to their daily lives. The third is to provide them with firsthand experiences in biology and ecology — whether it be in the laboratory, field, or both. I believe that these three components have helped my previous students better learn the scientific method, gain confidence in their ability to use it, and gain an inherent appreciation for the natural world.
I believe a critical component to teaching effectively is communication. I spent the last five to six years exploring and experimenting with different modes of science communication to broaden my communication skills with all kinds of students.
Since 2018, I am a participating scientist in the Skype-A-Scientist program, virtually visiting schools across the U.S. and even Canada!
I have also participated in quite a few live public outreach opportunities with kids and adults alike for the many years I was based at the Darling Marine Center and prior to that, especially after my submarine dive in Alvin (2007). Most of those experiences were in Massachusetts and Maine.
Previous Course Experience:
Ecology (Brown University & M.I.T.)
Invertebrate Zoology (UMaine)
Marine Invertebrates (UMaine, Semester by the Sea)
Estuarine Oceanography (UMaine)
Marine Ecology (UMaine, Semester by the Sea)
Fisheries Science (UMaine, Semester by the Sea)
Integrative Marine Science (UMaine)