Teaching

Biology of Marine Fishes

I teach this 6-week course at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island in Canada (Summer 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017). This is a combined lecture and field course focusing on the evolution, ecology, functional morphology, biomechanics, physiology and conservation of fishes in the Northeast Pacific.

During the Summer of 2015 and 2017, I co-taught this course with Sean Rogers from the University of Calgary

Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL 5B)

At UC Riverside, I am co-teaching this freshmen biology course with Lou Santiago (Fall, 2015 and Spring, 2017). We explore concepts related to invertebrate and vertebrate diversity, major differences in development and body plans, locomotion and feeding, sensory physiology, nervous system, respritation, cardiovascular function, and metabolism. Evolution is a common theme throughout the course

Comparative Biomechanics (BIOL 176)

I have taught a 6-week class at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island in Canada (Summer 2010, 2012, 2014). This is be a combined lecture, lab, and field course assessing terrestrial, aerial, and aquatic movement of vertebrates and invertebrates. Students conduct independent research projects during the final 3 weeks of the course. Recent projects have examined locomotion and/or feeding in crabs, nudibranchs, barnacles, garter snakes, salamanders, and a variety of marine fishes (spiny dogfish shark, gunnels, sculpins, surfperch, and ratfish).

I also teach Comparative Biomechanics at UC Riverside during the Winter quarter (next offering is 2017).

Functional Ecology

I taught this 3-week course at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island in Canada (Summer 2016). This is a combined lecture and field course focusing on physiological ecology, evolutionary biomechanics, and ecological morphology. We will explore these topics in a variety of marine and terrestrial invertebrates and vertebrates.

Evolutionary Physiology (EEOB 220)

This is a graduate course that I co-teach with Ted Garland at UC Riverside (Spring 2012, Spring 2014). In addition to the historical development of the field, we cover phylogenetic methods and current topics related to evolutionary physiology, such as neuromuscular function, biomechanics, and thermal physiology.

Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates (BIOL 161B)

I teach this course during the Winter Quarter at UC Riverside (2012-2017). This is be a combined lecture and lab course assessing the links between anatomy and function across the organ systems. Evolution is a common theme throughtout the class.

Comparative Physiology

I recently taught Comparative Physiology (Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010), which also had a laboratory. This course examined several physiological systems (e.g. neuromuscular, respiratory, endocrine, sensory, and cardiovascular) in a comparative context. In the laboratory, students developed their own independent projects and focused on them for the second half of the course.

Herpetology

At Clemson University, I taught Herpetology (Spring 2011), which also had a laboratory. We explored the diversity of amphibians and reptiles in the Southeast and across the world.

Ichthyology

At Clemson University, I taught Ichthyology (Fall 2009), which also had a laboratory. We explored the diversity of fishes in the Southeast and across the world.