Humanity’s success in navigating environmental challenges in the 21st century largely hinges on increasing awareness of people’s dependence and impacts on nature. Teaching will play a critical role. I am passionate about using my teaching to (1) increase ecological literacy, (2) expose students to scientific research, and (3) help students build necessary skills for engaging in modern conservation science and/or practice. I strongly believe that gaps in knowledge are best filled when students are engaged and thus strive to create a dynamic and interactive classroom environment.
I currently teach ‘Conservation Biology’ (WFC 154) in the fall, and will be creating ‘Tropical Ecology and Conservation’ to be offered in winter 2019.
Conservation Biology (WFC 154)
One of our greatest challenges will be continuing to sustain a growing population while simultaneously safeguarding Earth’s biodiversity and the processes that enrich and sustain human life. WFC 154 is intended to (1) introduce students to the major threats to Earth’s ecosystems, (2) explore how the global human enterprise depends on natural systems, and (3) critically evaluate forward-thinking conservation strategies to manage nature in a changing world. WFC 154 is thus be grounded in ecology but also leverages key ideas and concepts from economics, psychology, philosophy, and other disciplines as they relate to conservation science.
WFC 154 also helps students understand and develop useful skills for the modern conservation scientist or practitioner. Students will learn basic science literacy (e.g., by reading scientific articles), how to communicate conservation (e.g., by participating in mock debates and a course blog), and how to advocate for conservation policy (e.g., by developing a policy brief).
Check out the syllabus here!
Also, check out the Student Conservation Corner, a blog in which WFC 154 students summarize modern conservation science for lay-audiences.