Professional Experience

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (2017-present)

Education

  • PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (2017)
  • MSc Biology, Arkansas State University (2013)
  • BSc Honors Biology, Eastern Connecticut State University (2011)

Teaching Experience
2016 – University of Toronto

  • Teaching Assistant, Urban Ecology [ENV432]
  • Teaching Assistant, Environmental Biology [ENV234]
  • Teaching Assistant, Environmental Biology: Applied Ecology [ENV334]
  • Teaching Assistant, Laboratory and Field Methods in Environmental Science [ENV316]
  • Teaching Assistant, Population Ecology [EEB319]: Working with Dr. Martin Krkosek, we developed new laboratory exercises for this course. Topics included nonlinear dynamics and chaos using the Ricker model, non-stationarity and critical transitions, synchrony and asynchrony in spatially structured populations, and metapopulation dynamics.

2015 – University of Toronto

  • Teaching Assistant, Physical-Biological Coupling in Lake Ecosystems [EEB410H]
  • Teaching Assistant, Laboratory and Field Methods in Environmental Science [ENV316]
  • Field technician,  Population Ecology [EEB319]. Students in ecology participate in an annual aquatic field sampling trip to Duffins Creek, Ajax, ON. I demonstrated seining techniques for fish sampling, taught fish identification techniques, and interacted with students to help them achieve successful seines. Data from this field trip was then used to teach statistical methods for understanding population and community trends.

2014 – University of Toronto

  • Teaching Assistant, Laboratory and Field Methods in Environmental Science [ENV316]
  • Teaching Assistant, Population Ecology [EEB319]
  • Course Assistant, Laboratory and Field Methods in Environmental Science [ENV316]: Working with Dr. Andrew Drake, we composed the aquatic ecology section of laboratory manual. Topics included quantitative aquatic field sampling, indices of biotic integrity, fish condition, habitat assessments, and probability of fish detection. The laboratory and field exercises we developed are now implemented in this required course for majors in the School of the Environment’s Environmental Science program.

2013 – University of Toronto

  • Teaching Assistant, Adaptations and Biodiversity [BIO120]

2012 – 2013 – Arkansas State University – NSF GK12 Fellowship

  • I participated as an NSF GK12 STEM Fellow at Arkansas State University. This fellowship was designed to bring graduate students into K-12 schools to enhance public school STEM education. I developed lesson plans and subsequently taught them once a week in grades 7 and 10 at Armorel Public School District. Classroom activities included bringing in a fish tank with local species to teach about local biodiversity and designing a cladistics lab to aid in the teaching of evolutionary ideas, a subject criticized in much of the region. I learned to communicate complex ideas to young students, guide them as young scientists, and emphasize the importance of STEM careers in the future.

2012 – Arkansas State University

  • Teaching Assistant, Human Structure and Function I [BIO3223]
  • Teaching Assistant, Human Structure and Function II [BIO3233]
  • Teaching Assistant, Genetics [BIO3011]

2011 – Arkansas State University

  • Teaching Assistant, Biology of the Cell [BIO2013]
  • Teaching Assistant, Microbiology for Nursing [BIO2101]
  • Teaching Assistant, Genetics [BIO3011]

2010-2011 – Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Biology Tutor

Reviewed articles for:

  • Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • North American Journal of Fisheries Management
  • Ideas in Ecology and Evolution
  • Ecosphere
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