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Associate Professor and Chair
220-C Wilson Hall
B.S., Florida Institute of Technology, Science Education/Biology
M.S., Florida Institute of Technology, Environmental Education/Conservation Biology option
Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology, Ecology & Conservation Biology
Joined Westfield State University in 2008
Paleoecology: My dissertation research included a 370,000 yr record of vegetation and fire history around Lake Titicaca (Bolivia/Peru). I also conducted a modern analog study in which pollen, charcoal, and limnological data were collected from 35+ lakes in Peru and Bolivia along an elevational gradient. I have also developed an interest in other areas of ecosystem dynamics and can be found conducting gap analyses in local forests.
STEM Literacy: I am frequently conducting outreach in K-12 schools on ecological topics, especially climate change. In addition, I partner with Westfield State's Center for Teacher Education and Research (CENTER) to offer teacher workshops. I present on pedagogical topics such as shifting lessons toward inquiry, debunking science myths and misconceptions, and connecting the Next Generation Science Standards to the Common Core.
BIOL 0289: History and Nature of Scientific Knowledge (Seminar)
BIOL 0278: Biostatistics
BIOL 0608: Climate Change (graduate course)
Monday, 8:15-9:05am; Tuesday, 1:30-3:15pm; or by appointment