I enjoy the opportunities I have to teach biology and mentor student researchers here at Elmira College and abroad.
I am a behavioral ecologist, and enjoy mentoring students in research projects involving mammal and bird behavior and ecology. We have conducted studies on campus, at Tanglewood Nature Center and on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Students have presented the results of their research for the Animal Behavior Society, the Tri-Beta National Biology Honor Society, and the American Society of Mammalogists.
I teach many of the animal-based courses. Courses I have taught on campus include Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Animal Physiology, Biological Concepts II, Ecology, and the interdisciplinary, non-science major fieldcourse, Science of Flight. Animal Behavior is one of my favorite courses, and is where students get to incorporate fieldwork and student-designed projects to explore how and why animals do what they do. Courses I have taught off-campus include Marine and Island Ecology (Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas), In Darwin’s Footsteps (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador), and Natural and Social History of Australia (Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns, and Alice Springs, Australia). Click HERE for Australia 2016 itinerary.
My passion for teaching has led me to seek out leadership roles in ACUBE, the Association of College and University Biology Educators. I am a past-president of the association, and attend and participate in the collegial and inspiring conferences held each year.
I am currently the Pre-Health Professions Advisor for students interested in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, physician assistant or other health care professions.