As Evergreen faculty, my aim is to stimulate logical, creative, and critical thinking in an atmosphere that is both rigorous and respectful. The scientific process is a main theme in my teaching, and I strive to bring it to the foreground of students' worldviews, so that they become comfortable generating hypotheses for the patterns that they observe around them in the world, and are able to live investigated, conscious lives.
Areas of teaching interest and background: Evolutionary biology, animal behavior, tropical ecology (study abroad in Panama & Ecuador), herpetology, vertebrate zoology, field biology, epistemology, philosophy of science, writing, anthropology.
Contracts & Internships
- I will not be sponsoring contracts or internships during Fall quarter 2014.
Current Program (Winter & Spring 2014)
- Animal Behavior and Zoology (3.0), with study abroad in Ecuador. Here are FAQs for the first iteration of a similar program in 2008-2009, which included travel to Panama.
Future (teaching) programs
- Between Land and Sea. Fall, Winter and Spring 2014-2015, with Sarah Pedersen and...someone else. A core (first-year) program on the art and science of observation and navigation, using the tools of evolutionary biology, reading literature, and sailing tall ships.
- Evolutionary Ecology across Latitudes. Fall, Winter and Spring 2015-2016, with Bret Weinstein. A sophomore-senior investigation of the largest patterns on the planet--Why are there more than one species? Where are there more species nearer the equator? How are altitude and latitude related?--investigated in the Pacific Northwest in Fall quarter, and in Ecuador in Winter and Spring quarters.
Selected past programs
- Genes and Evolution, Fall 2013, with Donald Morisato. Upper-division science program on microevolution and genetics.
- Vertebrate Evolution, Fall, Winter & Spring 2012 - 2013, with Jennifer Calkins in Fall. Upper-division science program on phylogenetic systematics, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, philosophy of science. See a 2008, single quarter vert evo website here.
- Nature's Prose. Spring 2012. A Core program with a focus on observation, sensory ecology, honing good questions, and unitasking.
- Animal Behavior and Zoology 2.0. Fall, Winter & Spring, 2010-2011, with Bret Weinstein. This upper-division science program focused on the evolutionary ecology of animals in both temperate and tropical ecosystems, and included a two week optional field component in Panama.
- Development and Evolution: Form and Function through Time. Winter and Spring 2010, with Donald Morisato. An upper-division science program focusing on the diversity of form and function through the lenses of evolution and development.
- Evolving Communication, a sophomore - senior investigation into human and animal communication, with Susan Fiksdal, Fall & Winter 2007 - 2008.
- The Extraordinary Science of Everyday Experience: A Day in the Life, a Core program, with Bret Weinstein, Winter 2007.
- Understanding Species, a Core (first year) program, with Jack Longino, Fall 2006.
- Population, Energy & Resources, a Masters in Environmental Studies program, with Peter Dorman & Amy Cook.
- Forests through Time and Space: Introduction to Environmental Studies, with Paul Przybylowicz, FW 2004 - 2005.