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  • Research Assistant Professor, Biology

Teaching Philosophy

My primary goal as an educator is to engage students and encourage them to become active participants in their education and informed members of their communities. The geologic and environmental sciences are uniquely positioned to address important present-day societal issues, such as climate change, energy economics, and habitat loss. My goal in teaching is to instill the significance of the Earth and Biological Sciences so that when the student assumes a professional role in their community, they are informed, empowered, and able to critically assess information about these topics of global importance.

Courses I Teach

  • 7473/7475 - Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology
    "Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology" trains students in the fundamental environmental and biological theory underlying isotope fractionation processes across a broad spectrum of ecological and environmental applications. Its scope spans plants, animals, geochemistry, terrestrial ecosystems, marine and oceanic systems, paleoclimates, and the atmosphere.

Student Projects

  • The distributions and relationships of carbon and nitrogen isotopes in human hair with socioeconomic factors in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Stephannie Covarrubias. 01/06/2014 - 06/16/2014
  • Effects of herbicides on native fish species in Western Oregon. Thuan H. Chau. 04/01/2013 - 06/14/2013
  • Temporal and spatial variations in plant water isotopes at the watershed scale. Susanna Khachaturyan. 04/15/2011 - 05/16/2012

Former Students

  • Lehai Hu, Master of Science (M.S.), last advised Spring 2015. Project Type: Thesis. Role: Member.
  • Clement Bataille, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), last advised Spring 2014. Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.
  • Thuan Chau, Master of Science and Technology (M.S.T.), last advised Spring 2013. Project Type: Thesis. Role: Member.