I obtain great professional satisfaction from teaching and consider education a fundamental responsibility of academic scientists and faculty members. I believe that teaching should provide students with a rigorous understanding of the theoretical bases, underlying mechanisms, limits of current knowledge, and the relevant research methods pertinent to a particular subject. I also strive to communicate the joys and frustrations of field research. Consequently, my teaching philosophy is geared toward involving students in active thinking and scientific reasoning. This involves giving students hands-on research experience through laboratory and experiential activities that focus on hypothesis testing, behavioral observations, ecological measurements, and computer statistical analysis. I also try to present students with opportunities for independent study projects. I teach courses on primate behavior, primate ecology, primate evolution, human anatomy, evolution of human behavior and sexuality, and biological statistics.
All lectures notes, labs, lab stations, worksheets and material presented in sections are posted on the Blackboard site for the class.
|Course number and title||Link to syllabus as PDF ||Last / Next taught|
|Anth 173 Syllabus||Winter 2012|
|Anth 171 Syllabus||Fall 2011|
|Anth 4/570 Syllabus||Spring 2011|
|Anth 4/563 Syllabus||Spring 2010|
|Anth 4/566 Syllabus||Spring 2008|