Interacting with students is one of the most rewarding parts of my career in academia. As a teacher and advisor, my primary goal is to develop studentsí scientific knowledge and analytical thinking about ecology.
The courses I am currently offering at ASU are:
Fundamentals of Environmental Science (ENV 201)
This course is the gateway into the Environmental Science majors, broadly introducing the science behind a variety of issues in environmental science today. In it, students examine the functioning of the earth system and how it has changed over long and short time scales to understand global processes and how human activities can disrupt these processes.
Soil Science (ENV 310)
This course introduces the fundamental principles of soil science, including physical, chemical, biological, and ecological properties and applies them to explain the importance of soil as both a natural resource and ecosystem.
Ecosystem Ecology (BIO 422)
This course explores the structure, development and dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems, with a focus on the exchange of energy and materials between the atmosphere, soils, water, biosphere, and anthrosphere.
The Human Environment (LSC 362)
This course serves as a concise account of human beings' interaction with one another and with the biophysical world in which we evolved, and how we came to dominate the planet. Using Ehrlich & Ehrlich's book The Dominant Animal, this course uses scientifically grounded information to explain how the environment has shaped humans and what human dominance means for the functioning of the planet.
Fundamentals of Ecology Laboratory - Lab (LSC 322)
This laboratory course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of scientific research in the discipline of ecology.
Undergraduate research opportunities
If you are curious, engaged, and motivated, I invite you to work with me and members of my laboratory on current or new projects in soil biogeochemistry. Students of all levels are welcome. Research experiences are some of the best ways to explore your interests, meet new scientists and students in the field, and gain valuable opportunities to participate in, design, and complete real science projects that make a difference. There are numerous ways for you to become a part of my laboratory group:
- Volunteer: For students who want to explore the field of soil biogeochemistry from a hands-on point of view in the laboratory and the field.
- Individualized Instruction: LSC/ENV 499 provides an opportunity for students to conduct original study or investigation in the natural sciences on a 1:1 basis with me, and to receive course credit for their work.
- New College Undergraduate Inquiry and Research Experiences (NCUIRE): Learn More
The NCUIRE program provides funding to allow New College students to work collaboratively with faculty on meaningful and relevant projects. As a part of the NCUIRE program, you will be a part of a larger community of learners including other undergraduate researchers in New College. NCUIRE Researchers, Scholars, and Fellows are paid a stipend for their efforts, and all students participate in the annual New College Expo.
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Urban Ecology: Learn More
The REU program is a great way for students to develop their own independent project in urban ecology under my guidance within the context of our ongoing research. REUs are paid a stipend, and all students have the opportunity to participate in the annual CAP LTER meeting and poster symposium. For a description of the Central Arizona Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research project (CAP LTER), see http://caplter.asu.edu/
- Honors Contract or Honors Thesis: Students in the Barrett Honors College at ASU can select to complete an honors contract (if enrolled in one of the courses I teach) or conduct your honors thesis in my lab. You will work with me individually to participate in my current research (contract) or form a meaningful research project within the context of our ongoing research (thesis).