Teaching

Between completing my M.Sc. and beginning my Ph.D. I took a few years to focuses fully on teaching, and absolutely loved my time in the Geology and Biology Departments of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Now-a-days I teach the laboratory sections for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Vertebrate Diversity at the University of Toronto and thoroughly enjoy guiding students through the gross, awesome, and sometimes squishy world of dissection and vertebrate evolution!

Gallery of Images – Row 1 shows Image 1 at left and Images 2, 3, and 4 stacked and arranged to be the same height as Image 1 on the right. Row 2 shows two images side by side adjusted to be the same height, Image 5 on the left and Image 6 on the right. Image 1 – A dissected cow heart held by a purple gloved hand, the heart is cut transversely to show a cross section of the aorta, left atrium, left ventricle, and a sliver of right atrium. Image 2 – a preserved dark green and yellow snake, coiled. Image 3 – a chalkboard in a classroom with a blue and red chalk line diagram of the circulatory system of a dogfish shark with arrows indicating direction of blood flow. Image 4 – an alligator skull set at an angle to the camera and stored in a wooden cabinet with the snout peaking out. Image 5 – Several taxidermy crocodilian and bird specimens arranged on the bottom of two metal carts sitting side by side. The cart in the background houses taxidery loon, cormorant, spoonbill, and pheasant along with skeletal mount of a pigeon. The cart in the foreground houses a replica of the fossil bird Archaeopteryx with a small taxidermy crocodile on top of it, a small taxidermy alligator just behind the fossil, and a skeletal mount of a small alligator to the left. Image 6 – a purple gloved hand holds a developing dogfish shark with the yolk sac still attached. The specimen is preserved and has been extracted from an adult dogfish shark during a dissection course.

Courses I’ve taught include Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Lecture & Lab), Vertebrate Diversity (Lab), Human Geography (Lecture), Introductory Geology (Lecture), Historical Geology (Lecture), Hazards Geology (Lecture), Field Geology, Introduction to Dinosaurs (Lab), and Human Physiology (Lab). For more information about my teaching experience, please check out my CV here!

Image shows a close up of a white board with handwriting on the left and a drawing on the right. The writing says, in all caps, "frazzled African Harrier says 'Good luck!'" where 'good luck' is in cursive. The drawing is a simple sketch of an african harrier with it's crown feathers fluffed up  in agitation. Several dry erase markers sit on the metal bar under the white board and a pull cord hangs down from a second board above the drawing.
I also tend to draw up whiteboard encouragement animals for my students. Here, an African Harrier hopes to ease the stress of a practical exam