Teaching

Current Teaching Assignments:

Forestry 213: Ecology & Management of Forest Soils

A survey course introducing soil science and ecology for students qualifying for our professional program. I cover soil forming factors, physical properties of soil, chemical properties of soil, plant nutrition, lots of soil ecology, soil taxonomy and soil orders, and management issues such as erosion, fire, climate change, and invasive species. 

Forestry 314: Forest Ecology II 

This is a team taught course (with Tom Kolb, Pete Fule, Rich Hofstetter, Paul Beier, and occasionally others) in our undergraduate professional program, part of "Semester A". Currently I teach a module on Ecosystem Processes and another on Landscape Ecology.

Ecosystem Processes Module
This short intensive module covers carbon, water, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling with an emphasis on global and forest-stand scales. I couch this material in 2 recurring themes: ecosystem services and climate change.

Landscape Ecology Module
This short intensive module covers the foundations of spatial ecology from island biogeography to scaling theory to patch metrics.

Forestry 599: Contemporary Developments: Special Topics in Ecological Data Analysis

This is a team taught graduate course co-created by Andrew Sanchez Meador and myself. Our goal was to fill a niche by covering data analysis specifically in ecological science. Rather than a broad survey approach , we take a modular approach spending several sessions on a few topics such as ordination, structural equation modeling, likelihood, and spatial statistics. We select our modules based on trending topics in ecology that are often not covered in most statistics courses.

Other courses I have taught:

Forestry 690: Research Methods

This is our "surviving graduate school" course for beginning graduate students. The core activity is the preparation of a grant proposal, but along the way we discuss philosophy of science, experimental design and statistical philosophy, engagement in the scientific community, and peer review, among other topics.

On the horizon: 

Since I took this job I have been interested in teaching or co-teaching a soil ecology course with graduates and upper-level undergraduates in mind. Possibly in Fall 2015, I will team with Karen Haubensak to develop this course. We have discussed an active course heavy in field time...should be fun.






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