The most effective learning takes place when the teacher balances lecturing with the fostering of independent student discovery.

I manage this balance so that students gain the confidence and tools they need to steer the direction of their learning. The rewards for both student and teacher are the greatest when students are so engaged.

I also stress the development of transferable skills—such as problem solving, effective communication and writing, investigative research, data management and analysis, and modelling—as a secondary objective to biology education. I carefully design exercises to combine development of these skills with course content.

Courses taught (whole or in part)

  • Applied Entomology (Nipissing University)
  • Biology I & II (Laurentian University)
  • Boreal Ecology (Laurentian University)
  • Canadian Environmental Biology (Laurentian University)
  • General Entomology (Laurentian University)
  • Field Camp (Laurentian University)
  • Forest Entomology (Laurentian University)
  • Research Methods in Ecology (Colorado State University)