Teaching and Curation

Instructor 2324 Wildlife Field Biology (Spring 2019)

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

  • Taught lecture and lab to 40 undergraduate students
  • Developed lecture and lab material, quizzes, exams, and homework assignments
  • Coordinated grading, labs, and field trips
  • Evaluated highly by students for approachability, enthusiasm, and improving students’ understanding of difficult concepts

Course Assistant 4984 Natural History Collections and Curation (Spring 2019)

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

  • Involved with the design and planning for the course
  • Organized guest speakers and led in-class discussions
  • Supervised 5 undergraduate research projects in the Vertebrate Natural History Collection

 Mentor 4994 Undergraduate Research (2018-2019)

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

  • Mentored 2 undergraduate independent research projects, one of which led to a poster presentation at a regional conference, and the other has a manuscript in prep.

 Teaching Assistant 2324 Wildlife Field Biology (2016-2018)

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

  • Taught lecture and lab to 40 undergraduate students each spring semester.
  • Developed lecture and lab material, quizzes, exams, and homework assignments
  • Coordinated grading, labs, and field trips typically with a team of 3 undergraduate assistants
  • Evaluated highly by students for approachability, enthusiasm, and improving students’ understanding of difficult concepts

Invited Speaker 6004 Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles (2017)

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

Led a discussion on life-history theory and reproductive strategies in reptiles and amphibians.

 Invited Speaker 1234 CNRE First Year Experience (2016)

College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech

Presented my current research and discussed careers in natural resource management to first year undergraduates in the college.

Collections Manager, Vertebrate Natural History Collection (2015-2019)

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

  • Coordinated loans with on average 3 lab courses each semester, and handled 4-5 loan and tour requests each month
  • Trained on average 6 undergraduate and 2 graduate teaching assistants each semester in care and use of the collection and health and safety
  • Increased the museum’s visibility through outreach events, press releases, blog posts, and developing a website for the collection
  • Promoted the museum’s services by attending relevant conferences, community events, campus events, and workshops
  • Day to day maintenance of the museum, including topping off fluid specimens, ordering supplies, and pest management