Graduate & Postgraduate

LABORATORY ASSISTANT

Radiocarbon in Ecology and Earth System Science | University of California Irvine

A week long intensive short course that focuses on the uses of radiocarbon in ecology and earth system science. The course consists of classroom lectures and activities that provide an overview of radiocarbon in the current and past global carbon cycle as well as in the atmosphere, oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. Additionally, participants get hands-on instruction in creating a tracer-free lab environment and avoiding both field and laboratory contamination, collecting samples, choosing standards and blanks, processing and analyzing samples in the laboratory, and analyzing and interpreting radiocarbon data.

Responsibilities included instructing course participants in preparation of organic matter samples and standards for radiocarbon AMS analysis. 


Undergraduate

Laboratory Assistant

Coastal Watersheds | University of Texas at Austin

An upper-division elective for students majoring in Marine and Freshwater Biology. This is a field and laboratory based course that includes trips along the Texas coast and emphasizes river water sampling and flow measurement techniques that aims to enhance student understanding and ability to estimate the transport of water and materials from land into estuaries and coastal ocean environments.

Responsibilities included preparation of student samples for chemical analysis, aiding in analysis of student data, and assisting students in discussion of data interpretation. 


Teaching Assistant

Introduction to Oceanography | University of Texas at Austin

This course is designed for undergraduate non-science majors, but is also a prerequisite course for undergraduate students majoring in Marine and Freshwater Biology. The course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the exploration of the marine environment, covering physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes. A significant portion of the course is devoted to discussion about how the ocean directly influences human society, including its connections with climate and coastal economies.

The primary goal of the course is to enhance student knowledge of, and foster an appreciation for, the ocean and its resources. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of basic oceanography concepts that should allow them to think critically about important contemporary environmental issues affecting the marine environment, including climate change, over-fishing, and water quality/pollution.

Responsibilities as a teaching assistant for this course included assisting with weekly lectures, proctoring and grading exams, and assisting students with individual questions during office hours.


Laboratory Instructor

Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory | University of Texas at Austin

The is the accompanying laboratory course to the Introduction to Oceanography (MNS/GEO 307) lecture course. Similar to the lecture portion, the laboratory component is designed for non-science majors, but is also a prerequisite for undergraduate students majoring in Marine and Freshwater Biology. The laboratory sections are small classroom sizes (10-20 students) aimed at increasing student's understanding of basic oceanography concepts by providing students with a variety of hands on exercises that are integrated with the weekly lectures. The laboratory exercises emphasize key concepts from the lecture material and are designed to engage the students with experiments, data production & analysis, and critical thinking questions.

Responsibilities for this course included preparing weekly lectures (15 to 45 mins) to assist students in linking concepts discussed in lecture with laboratory exercises, grading student laboratory reports and assignments, and creating weekly quizzes and end of semester tests.

  • Fall 2009
  • Spring 2010