Teaching and Mentoring

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Teaching and Mentoring Experience at the University of Florida

Courses Taught:

BSC 2011L:  Integrated Principles of Biology Lab 2 (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011)

Ecology Lab (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)

Field teaching assistant:  Moorea Marine Ecology Field Course (Summer 2013)

UF Students Mentored: 

Alissa Rubin (2013-current):  Alissa started working with me in 2013 and helped me analyze images of coral scars, and is now using the same tools for her honors thesis looking at spatial patterns of barnacles on green sea turtles and how the spatial patterns relate to sea turtle health.  She presented a poster, “Spatial patterns of barnacles on green sea turtles” on some preliminary data at the 2014 URAP Symposium.  Her research is funded by a University Scholars grant.


Morgan Farrell (2014):  Morgan was my field assistant during the 2014 field season.  She assisted me with my research, and we collaborated on two projects involving mechanisms of vermetid effects on corals.  She also was funded by a University Scholars grant.
Keiana Solomon (2013-2014).  Keiana helped me analyze images of coral scars and presented a poster on “Effect of Porites morphology on tissue damage” at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Luc Overholt (2012 – 2013):  Luc began working with me in 2012 and has helped me with the survey data I collected during 2011.  He also presented a poster at the URAP Symposium entitled “Associations between coral reef gastropds.”  During the 2012-2013 school year, Luc worked his honors thesis on sampling techniques for quantifying mutualist networks.  He won the best talk at the 2013 URAP Symposium for his talk “Comparison of sampling methods used to study plant-pollinator systems”.  He’s now in the Peace Corps.


Andrea Adams(2012):  Andrea was a statistics student working with Scott McKinley on her senior honors thesis.  Using data I collected on snail distributions, she worked on methods for quantifying heterogeneity.

Julie Zill (2011-2013):  Julie and I worked together in the Moorea during the summers of 2011 and 2013.  In addition to helping with my research, we worked together on a project examining multiple stressors and are currently working on the manuscript.




Teaching Assistant Experience at New College of Florida

Introduction to Scientific Computing (Spring 2009)

Computational Ordinary Differential Equations (Fall 2009)