5901 College Road, Room C-211
Key West, Florida 33040
Master of Oceanography,
University of Rhode Island-Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI
Master of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Science in Biology;
Bachelor of Arts in French; Chemistry Minor, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
I teach college biology, environmental science and marine science because I have a deep love for the natural world and I want to share that “naturophilia” with as many people as possible: I often tease my students that I want to build an “army of science geeks.” Happily, there are many new recruits with every course I teach! I try to make my courses scientifically and academically rigorous, while also keeping my students engaged with a good dose of entertainment, humor and current news on each topic.
Teaching & Scholarship
I regularly teach the following courses:
- BSC 1010 and BSC 1010L: Principles of Biology I and Lab (Fall Term)
- BSC 1011 and BSC 1011L: Principles of Biology II and Lab (Spring Term)
- PCB 2030: Environmental Biology (Fall, Spring and Summer Terms)
- OCB 1000: Introduction to Marine Biology (Fall, Spring and Summer Terms)
I have received the following awards for my teaching at FKCC:
- Sigma Alpha Pi: Excellence in Teaching Award (2011)
- Sigma Alpha Pi: Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)
Current Projects & Interests
I am currently organizing a donated collection of marine sponge and gorgonian specimens for use in the biology labs.
I am working with Drs. Bill Irwin and Bob Bullis to add new technology to our biology and anatomy & physiology labs, by purchasing hand-held Lab Quest II data loggers and developing new labs to teach students to use the new equipment.
I am creating a new course (OCB1000L), which is an optional 1-credit lab to accompany OCB1000: it will ideally be offered for the first time in Spring 2013.