Semester-long courses (University)
Conservation Biology (ESPP 90e). Harvard College (Spring 2018 & upcoming Spring 2019). I am teaching an undergraduate course in Conservation Biology within the Environmental Science and Public Policy concentration. The course covers a range of topics in classical and modern conservation biology and, in addition to lectures, includes student-led investigations, creative writing assignments, debates, mock fisheries negotiations, game theory applications, and a two-day trip to Maine to observe marine conservation in action.
Short courses (University)
The Diversity Project. UCLA & San Diego State University. I co-organized a four-week, full-time summer course on microbial ecology and coral reef ecology for Diversity Project students (American undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities), including teaching and supervising one week of intensive laboratory techniques to assist students in preparing DNA samples for amplicon sequencing of bacterial communities from algae. I also co-organized and taught a three-week, full-time summer course on microbial ecology and coral reef ecology for Diversity Project students and Indonesian student researchers. In addition to leading discussions and laboratory training, I lectured on global biodiversity patterns, coral reef ecology, and tropical marine fieldwork.
Field courses (University)
Census of cryptic reef diversity. Philippines. Filipino undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and museum researchers worked with out team to recover autonomous reef monitoring structures (ARMS) from five sites in the Verde Island Passage, Philippines. We systematically disassembled the ARMS in the field in order to study the cryptic biodiversity of coral reefs. Following our field work, I co-organized and taught a one-week, full-time course at De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines) on coral reef biodiversity and next-generation analytical tools (metabolomics and metagenomics) for Filipino undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. In addition to the laboratory training we provided, I lectured on coral reef metabolomics and ecology.
Environmental engineering and biology courses (high school)
As an NSF GK-12 Fellow, I prepared and taught weekly marine biology and marine husbandry lessons to sixty students for a full school year. Building off the project-based focus of the school (High Tech High), I acquired funding for and oversaw a fifteen-tank coral experiment in a high school classroom that involved sixty students and was conducted over an entire school year. Students built aquarium systems from scratch and performed experiments in the classroom to examine the effects of fertilizers on hard corals. Our work in the classroom is highlighted in a student film and our conservation efforts were chronicled in another student film.
This project inspired me to write a letter to the editor in Nature arguing that science literacy benefits everyone, not just scientists.
This project was highlighted in the primary newspaper in Curaçao ("Protest mail from America" - Amigoe Newspaper) and periodicals in the United States ("Socrates Fellow brings coral research to local high school" - This Week @ UC San Diego).
I also blogged about the project for the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper.
Graduate student mentoring
I advised and mentored four Masters students and one Ph.D. student at San Diego State University via weekly meetings, feedback on bi-weekly goals, and overseeing their proposals and implementation of thesis research. Most notably, I advised a Masters student through a thesis project and manuscript currently in revision based on feedback received from peer reviewers.