Regularly taught courses
Ecology and Evolution (BSC 385)
A required course for Biological Sciences majors at UA, this comprehensive course introduces students to the study of evolutionary and ecological relationships between organisms and their environment, from the level of individuals through population, community and ecosystem ecology to the whole biosphere. I teach this course every Fall semester.
Data Management and Visualization in R (BSC 695)
This graduate-level class aims to introduce graduate students to the use of R for the management and effective visualization of diverse types of scientific data. The course is based around material in Wickham and Grolemund's excellent 'R for Data Science.' By the end of the class, students have developed their own R code for wrangling data and creating the types of publication-quality figures they anticipate will result from their own research.
Problems in Bioenergetics and Ecological Stoichiometry (BSC 695)
The goal of this immersive graduate class is to identify an important question in the field of ecological energetics and stoichiometry that can be answered using meta-analysis of published data. A small group of students and I work together to gather the requisite data, analyze the data set, and prepare a collaborative manuscript based on the results. The first class in 2012 resulted in this Ecology paper, which used a large number of experimental aquacultural studies to explore links between dietary phosphorus level and fish growth. The second class is taking place during Spring 2016.
Aquatic Biology Seminar (BSC 484/584)
This seminar course is a cross-listed elective for undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. The course surveys recent scientific literature for the most current developments in stream and river ecology. I co-teach this course with Dr. Alex Huryn every Spring semester.
Courses taught occasionally
Stable Isotope Ecology (BSC 695)
Co-taught with Dr. Behzad Mortazavi, this course is a thorough treatment of the theory and application of stable isotope techniques in ecological science. Course content includes lectures, computer labs, field sampling in terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats, and hand-on experience with the stable isotope mass spectrometer at UA, as well as mixing model analysis and modeling of mixing and fractionation.