Philosophy: I view teaching as a reciprocal process that provides students with a personal sense of fulfillment while also advancing science. Whether mentoring a student or teaching a lecture, I have a single guiding philosophy: teaching is a pursuit for the improvement of your life by developing a worldview and sense of agency. I believe this philosophy is the road to improving science and leading a more fulfilling life.
Co-instructor Physiological Ecology Creative Inquiry
Graduate Teaching Assistant Evolution, Comparative Physiology, Vertebrate Anatomy, Human Physiology
Mentees: Jared McPhail, Justyn Plaskon, Emma Roback, Charles Matthews, Meghan Matlack, Jason Damm, Jonathan Odom, Meredith Rutledge, Faye Romero, Carlie Blankenship, Christopher Gerstle
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are hallmarks of a healthy research program. In my experience, a more inclusive lab improved the quality of our science and the connections within our academic and local community. I have worked directly with local high school students in South Carolina by organizing and giving interactive demonstrations about being a scientist. With my peers, we have interacted with hundreds of young potential scientists over the years, and outreach will continue to be a critical pillar of my scientific career.