Teaching

EVE 225: LINEAR MIXED MODELS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION

I really love teaching statistics. I am firm believer that being a better statistician will help you be a better scientist. Unfortunately, I think lots of students are scared away from statistics early on and don’t realize the elegance and simplicity of most statistical methods. As such I teach an intensively hands-on statistics course on hierarchical and mixed models that focuses on the practical application of these methods in R and culminates in having the students analyze their own datasets and then present and defend these methods to the class. Topics covered in the class start from the assumptions and interpretation of basic linear models, to when and how to include random effects (intercepts and slopes), to applying these concepts to non-Gaussian distributions.
A general syllabus for the class and what topics will be covered can be found here.
The course Canvas site can be found here and recordings of the summer 2020 lectures can be found here (accessible only if you have a UC Davis login).
EVE 225 was last offered in Spring 2021 and it is anticipated that it will be offered every other year.

I can also teach this course in an intensive 5-7 day ‘boot-camp’ workshop format (and have many times!) so if you are interested in me teaching this at your institute, get in touch!

OUTREACH AND PROMOTING WOMEN IN SCIENCE

The Amazon Warrior team is passionate about promoting women and other under-represented groups in science and in translating the knowledge we gain through our research to the general public. We’re currently developing a new Couse-based Undergraduate Research Experience at Davis where students will have the opportunity to work with real behavioral data we collect on our mollies to ask questions about why and how their behavior changes over time. A major goal of this course is also to highlight transparent and rigorous data management practices.

Kate sharing her research at a Soapbox Science -Berlin event

TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY WITH STICKLEBACKS

As a NSF-GK12 Fellow during her PhD, Kate developed and instructed hands-on, novel curricula for local high school students in Illinois (at Danville High School, IL) on a weekly basis for an entire school year.  Kate tied each lesson be it on development, physiology or ecology back to stickleback biology and behavior which helped the students become experts in this animal. By the end of the year, the students were able to use this knowledge to design experiments to test the effects of environmental stressors on stickleback behavior. The hands-on and small group exercises had no pre-set outcome and so the students were able to get first-hand experience with the scientific method. The Amazon Warrior team is looking to develop a similar long-term outreach partnership with a local high school – get in touch if you’re a teacher and interested in collaborating with us!