“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
I enjoy teaching for a few reasons. For one I find it very rewarding to get others excited about science. Whether its with friends or family on a hike or with students in the classroom, I love sharing and promoting my passion for understanding the natural world. I also take it as an opportunity to learn more. Effective teaching requires a solid understanding of the subject so strong teaching is a win-win for teacher and student alike.
From 2014 to 2016 I learned quite a bit through teaching the ichthyology summer course and accompanying lab at UCSC. The class is an introduction to the biology of jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fishes, including classification, evolution, form and function, physiology, and ecology. Outside the classroom we visited local tide pools, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and explored the impressive ichthyology collections at the California Academy of Sciences.
While at UCSC I also served as a teaching assistant for these classes:
Marine Ecology Field Quarter
Cell and Molecular Biology
Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
Development and Physiology
Ecology and Evolution