Teaching

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 have developed and 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. If you have a UC Davis login you can access the zoom recordings of the previous teaching of this course (Summer 2020) here. Otherwise, I will teach this course again in Spring 2021

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

I am passionate about promoting women and other under-represented groups in science and in translating the knowledge I gain through my research to the general public. I have been involved in a number of organizations and outreach events designed to promote these goals including Alpha Sigma Kappa – Women in Technical Studies, Graduate Women in Science, Soapbox Science and speaking at the local elementary schools in Germany.

Sharing my research at a Soapbox Science -Berlin event

TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY WITH STICKLEBACKS

As a NSF-GK12 Fellow during my PhD, I was able to develop and instruct 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.  I 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.