Teaching

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2015-present
Instructor, Dept. of Physical and Environmental Science              

University of Toronto-Scarborough

Conservation Policy (MEnvSci)

Core course in the Conservation & Biodiversity stream of the Professional Masters of Environmental Science program. Introduces the policy context to biodiversity conservation in Canada, examining international obligations, federal, provincial and regional levels as well as inter-jurisdictional policy interactions. Core elements include: Fundamentals of adaptive management, quantification of ecological integrity, risk and uncertainty in biodiversity conservation science and management, ecology of species invasions and associated management framework, terrestrial and aquatic protected areas and species recovery strategies. Special attention is given to critical analysis of policy effectiveness in a technical policy analysis assignment. Current literature is integrated for each focal topic. Students are assessed by long-form written examination, technical policy analysis document and an accompanying presentation as well as in-class participation. Course includes guest lectures from established conservation practitioners (Parks Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, COSEWIC).

Professional Scientific Literacy (MEnvSci)

Core course in the Conservation & Biodiversity stream of the Professional Masters of Environmental Science program. Course covers an array of topics that feed into the “umbrella concept” of Scientific Literacy (with focus on biodiversity conservation). Core elements include: Basic statistical analysis, experimental design, literature research techniques, scientific writing, science communication, the science-policy interface (with focus on species at risk, species invasions and biological control). Students take part in an ecological restoration project in Rouge National Urban Park, arranged in partnership with Parks Canada. Students are assessed through multiple individual written assignments and a group term project. Course includes guest lectures from established conservation practitioners (Parks Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, Dougan & Associates: Ecological consulting & design).

2012-2017           Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto-Scarborough
Dept. of Physical and Environmental Science

2017                     Sustainability in Practice

2017                     Ecology and Management of Protected Areas (Master’s level)

2016                     Invasion Ecology (Master’s level)

2015                     Conservation Policy (Master’s level)

2014                     Professional Scientific Literacy (Master’s level)

2012-2013           Biodiversity and Biogeography

2012-2013           Introduction to Planet Earth

Dept. of Biology

2016                     Ecology

Dept. of Critical Development Studies

2014-2015           Development and Environment

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