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I have been the instructor of record in the courses listed below and led workshops teaching molecular epidemiology, phylogenetic methods, and evolutionary biology. I take the approach that a major component of teaching is emphasizing that science is a dynamic and hands-on endeavor (i.e., requiring critical thinking and problem solving). This can be achieved by providing a conceptual framework (versus rote memorization), and then by using interactive active learning exercises. It is my goal to provide individualized learning opportunities to all my students.

 

Parasitology (Georgia Southern, BIOL5341)

Parasites are an integral part of all animal and plant communities and they are present in every known species population. My goal is to (1) introduce you to the parasite fauna of animals (including humans), (2) introduce methodologies standard to the field of parasitology, and (3) provide the basic ecological and evolutionary framework you require for thinking about and understanding the life cycles of parasites.  Emphasis will be placed on general principles of parasitism with respect to morphology, classification, identification, life cycles, and epidemiology.

 

General Biology (Georgia Southern, BIOL1130)

This is an introductory course covering the concepts and applications of biological diversity. Material will include: cell organization; genetics; diversity; plant and animal structure and function; and ecology and evolution. During this course students will discover how biology is a part of society, and why it is important to understand the scientific process. Each section of the course provides the necessary tools and building blocks for understanding other sections of the course. At the completion of BIOL1130, you will have an appreciation for biology, how it impacts your life, and you will be able to make informed decisions about biological issues.

 

Current Trends in Biological Research (Georgia Southern, BIOL3630H)

This course provides students in the Departmental Honors in Biology with a structured introduction to current topics in biological research. The course familiarizes students with the scope of biological research and aids students in selecting an area of inquiry to pursue for their capstone research requirement. Students will attend the Departmental Seminar series as part of this course. One outcome of this course is a research proposal written with a faculty mentor.

 

Human Parasitology (Rutgers, 01:146:329)

Human Parasitology covers the biology, morphology, pathogenesis, and treatment of major human parasite diseases. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify many of the organisms which cause much of the morbidity and mortality in underdeveloped countries.  Throughout the semester, students will be expected to organize information and understand the relevance of these disease organisms to human health and our society.  Consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University.

Workshop Materials

2018 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference – sequence and metadata file.