After completing my PhD in 1999, I spent the next several years teaching various community college and university classes in biology and environmental science. Through these experiences, teaching has become a great passion of mine, and I know I will continue to teach -in one form or another- for the rest of my days.
I firmly believe that young people will represent the catalyst for the necessary change towards a more sustainable existence on our planet. Needless to say, a quality education for our youth is a crucial pre-requisite for this hope for change.
Recently, I have been working with Dr. David Epel and Pam Miller -a former High School teacher at Seaside High School- on a variety of biology education projects for the web. All of our educational materials are freely-accessible, interactive, inquiry driven, and directed at high school and college students. Pam & I have designed much of the content, and I have been responsible for the web and basic Flash design on these sites.
Virtual Urchin is an ever-expanding collection of resources and activities to teach about biology and microscopy using the sea urchin as an example.
ESI: Vanishing Fish is the result of a collaboration with Swedish academics, and focuses on the Fraser river in British Columbia, Canada. This is the most productive salmon river system on the planet, but salmon have recently been disappearing during their upstream spawning migrations. Global warming is the most likely culprit, and students learn about global warming, salmon biology and physiology and their migrations in an attempt to solve the mystery of their recent disappearances.
Our current project - Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I) - explores the effectiveness of direct student-to-student communication, using the Internet, to confront environmental problems and envision solutions. We have developed two major curricular tools: an online ocean acidification activity and virtual lab, and a student-oriented international carbon footprint calculator. The latter is part of a larger project that we call the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC).
Email me if you would like additional details on any of the aforementioned education projects.
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