Research

My research program seeks to understand the feedback between evolutionary processes and ecological networks, and its consequences for biodiversity. To do this, I complement rigorous field observations and experiments with mathematical modelling and analyses of global datasets on species interactions. My current and future work uses these approaches to study networks of interactions between plants, herbivorous insects, and their parasitoids, whose feeding interactions regulate much of Earth’s biodiversity. By integrating eco-evolutionary dynamics into food webs, the goal of my research program is to put us in a more informed position to conserve ecological communities in the face of environmental change.

Publications

The American Naturalist

Ecology

The Canadian Entomologist

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA

Functional Ecology

Herpetological Review

Teaching

Biology teachers are in a powerful position to instil an understanding and appreciation of biodiversity in both future scientists and non-scientists. My approach to teaching biology employs activity-based and enquiry-based learning to develop creativity and critical thinking skills. To achieve this, I use a variety of teaching techniques to engage students with different abilities, interests, and ways of learning. I have developed this philosophy based on my experience as a teacher and mentor, by reflecting on my experiences as a student, and through professional development training.

Credentials

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (Biology Department, SDSU)
  • Biology Program TA Professional Development (BioTAP) Certification (info here)
  • Teaching assistant for upper-division courses in ecology and evolution at UBC (5 semesters)
  • Teaching assistant for introductory biology courses at SDSU (6 semesters)
  • Invited lecturer for graduate seminars and undergraduate courses at UBC

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