Teaching

Guest Instructor: General Ichthyology – Humboldt State University (March, 2018) Instructor for a lab on teleost and shark anatomy, through demonstration and guided dissection, Instructor for three undergraduate lectures: (1) gnathostome evolution and placoderms, (2) acanthodians and chondrichthyan evolution, (3) extant sharks and ratfishes.

Teaching Assistant: Structures– Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Fall 2017) Demonstration of and assistance with cadaver dissection, extended review of material for a three month course on human embryology, histology, and gross anatomy.

Instructor: Systematics – NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates – American Museum of Natural History (2015) Lectured on systematics and tree-thinking for a small group of undergraduate students, developed and implemented hands-on activities for exploring tree building and character scoring;

Instructor: Professional Development – NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates – American Museum of Natural History (2015) led professional development workshops covering photo editing, public speaking, abstract writing; coordinated group excursions to local scientific institutions

Lab Assistant: BOT 105 – General Botany (June - July 2012 and 2014) – Humboldt State University. Lab setup, writing and administering quizzes, grading, assisting with teaching during labs

Lab Assistant: BOT 356 – Phycology (January – May 2014) – Humboldt State University. Lab setup, assisting with teaching during labs, leading review sessions, leading field trips and collecting trips

Instructor: BOT 198 – General Botany Supplemental Instruction (January 2011 – May 2013); Humboldt State University.  Review of lecture material, administering practice exams, facilitating weekend review sessions.

Tutor: BOT 105 – General Botany (August 2012 – December 2012) – Humboldt State University. Tutoring students one-on-one and in groups


Mentorship

Mentor: Bergen County Academies - Co-mentored a high school student for one school year, supervising the segmentation of CT scans of mastacembelid fishes, provided one-on-one instruction in fish anatomy & use of 3D reconstruction software

Mentor: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates – American Museum of Natural History (2015) (With John Maisey) Co-mentored an undergraduate student for 10 weeks; taught CT scanning procedures, 3D reconstruction techniques, anatomical segmentation; aided student in preparation of a short manuscript and 15 minute scientific presentation; student focused on the internal structure of the shark cranium and gill arches.

Co-organizer: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates – American Museum of Natural History (2015) Organized group activities and field trips for 11 undergraduate interns, including tours of research facilities; coordinated professional development workshops and guest lectures; acted as an informal mentor for the group of students; assisted students in preparing and presenting scientific lectures and papers


OUTREACH

NYC Minority Graduate Student Network (December 1, 2017) – Tour of fossil fish collection, Q&A about graduate school with a group of local New York City undergraduates

Museum Access Consortium Supporting Transitions (October 12, 2017) – Tour of fossil exhibits and discussion of life in graduate school for a group of autistic undergraduate geology majors

AMNH OLogy Facebook Live (July 21, 2017) - Live interview in fossil fish collections, teaching young scientists about shark evolution and answering real-time questions submitted online

Young Explorers Program at the AMNH (March 8 & 10, 2017) – Guest scientist, teaching 4 and 5-year-old children and their parents about sharks, paleontology, and fieldwork

Milstein Science Series: Prehistoric Ocean Dwellers (January 8, 2017) – Helped children “dig” for fossil shark teeth and identify which group the teeth belong to, answered questions about paleontology fieldwork

BioDigital Women in Science event (October 12, 2016) – Guest speaker about using CT scanning and 3D reconstruction software to resolve longstanding puzzles of shark evolution

The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians (ongoing) – Taxon of the Month blog series, guest writer of monthly articles about a wide variety of species; Examples: Hawaiian palm (Brighamia), Mosasaurus, White Nose Syndrome, The Pocket Shark, Paroedura geckos; Link: http://www.metropolitannaturalhistory.org/taxon-of-the-month/

The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, Tour of the New York Aquarium (June 19, 2016) – Guided a tour of the aquarium for a local group of amateur natural historians

Shelf Life: Six Extinctions in Six Minutes, (December 21, 2015) – Appeared in an AMNH YouTube series, discussing the end-Devonian mass extinction and the placoderm Dunkleosteus; Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZuwOgcS1W0

Shark Ecology & Conservation (October 13, 2015) – Presented a lecture & led a discussion for first-year Biology students at Jesuit High School (Dallas, TX)

AMNH Educator Outreach Open-House (September 25, 2015) – Interacted with New York City educators, discussing my research, providing hands-on examples of shark anatomy, and answering questions

AMNH Summer Reading List (August 2015) – Provided suggestions for youth science reading, including introductory books for evolutionary topics, advice to young scientists, and children’s books (http://kinja.amnh.org/heading-to-the-beach-this-month-so-are-some-of-the-mus-1723482332)

AMNH REU – Biology (Summer 2015) – Organized group activities and field trips for 11 undergraduate interns, including tours of research facilities; coordinated professional development workshops and guest lectures; acted as an informal mentor for the group of students; assisted students in preparing and presenting scientific lectures and papers

AMNH Junior Circle reception (June 25, 2015) – Interacted with members of the natural history museum’s Junior Circle of donors, discussing shark evolution and my research in an informal setting

#SpeedScience with AMNH & Tumblr (June 11, 2015) – Interacted with a range of bloggers for an evening, discussing shark fossils in a “speed dating” format, answered questions, provided specimens and images

The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians (November 2014) – Secrets of the Deep tour of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and Hall of Vertebrate Origins at the American Museum of Natural History