Collectively, my work seeks to understand how a diverse group of minds contributes to solving persistent environmental problems. I view the classroom as a proving ground for future problem-solvers. This is why I structure activities enabling students to figure out how they learn best and how to best communicate their ideas.

“this class gave me a great basic understanding of many basic sustainability measures and methods, which I have used many times to date to explain current ‘greening’ activities/options to friends” – Green Futures evaluation

A student holds a piglet during a field trip to the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Greensboro, NC.

While my courses take a wide variety of structures, including labs, small seminars, large lectures, individual mentoring, and online discussions, they each share the underlying application of my philosophy. Each course will pair active learning activities with background readings, and theory with practical application. Throughout my courses, I have developed a variety of creative and successful lesson plans, as measured by content learned and later engagement with the topic, including:

Marine spatial planning board game: A cooperative game where players place proposed coastal uses among existing uses. They must get all uses on the board, negotiated by use rights and direct payments.

Garden in a cup: Grow a collard green according to your food ethic. You must analyze the cost-benefits of your major decisions and decide how you might ‘farm’ next year.

Follow your toothbrush: Pick an object you use everyday, like your toothbrush, and follow it from cradle to grave. Present a lifecycle analysis to the class and choose what production style you will now look for.

Fishing: Using a variety of snack foods, set up a ‘fishery’, including nursery habitat. Students can choose their gear and choose regulations to see how their own behavior changes as a result.

“a homerun on your course evaluations – students loved the course … thank you for teaching our students so thoughtfully and well” – Department Chair for Green Futures

One of my first classes, Backpacking in the Finger Lakes, taking a water break. I employ many skills learned through experiential, outdoor education in my classroom today.

While now a full-time researcher, I continue to teach courses on contract and give guest lectures. Email me if you are interested.


Current Classes:

Environment and the Media, Goucher University (fall)

Social Media for Environmental Communication (spring): on Google+

Past Courses:

Marine Science Short Course, University of Papua New Guinea (fall)

Environmental Biology (spring 2012, Carteret Community College): lecture syllabus and lab syllabus

Green Futures (fall 2010 and fall 2011, Duke University): Exploring Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability: syllabus

Socioecological Systems Reading Group (spring 2010, Duke University): schedule and readings

Backpacking in the Finger Lakes, Snowshoeing, Winter Camping, and Trail Maintenance (2005-2008, Cornell Outdoor Education)


Guest Lectures:

Nov. 18 2011: Hampton University, Nov. 2, 2011: Savannah State University, April 25, 2012: Elizabeth City State University: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Conserving: Philosophies of Marine Conservation

“Ways of Knowing” in Qualitative Methods, Sept. 16, 2009