I truly love to teach. However, my scientific career has been typified by living in remote locations far from universities, making it difficult to adopt traditional instructor roles. Instead, I use my research as a platform for intensive mentorship for undergraduate, postgraduate, and REU students interested in pursuing a scientific career of their own. My research informs my mentorship, and mentees inform the research.
I strive to guide mentees through as much of the scientific process as possible- from study design to manuscript preparation. Because I am a field ecologist, mentees gain a very broad research experience- they may be learning how to tie bowline knots and coil line on Monday, how to visualize data in R on Tuesday, and how to construct research talks on Wednesday.
Since my first field season in 2013, I have mentored almost thirty young scientists over thousands of mentorship hours. I generally work with mentees full time (5-7 days per week) to make science happen, and am constantly seeking new ways to increase the value and impact of my mentorship. For example, undergraduate mentees have recently been able to get college credit through this partnership, others join my program as REU students, and a half-dozen are co-authoring upcoming research publications with me. Most go on to pursue successful scientific careers in agency or academia. Meet them over on the people page!
If you’re interested in interning in my program, you can read more here.