Teaching

Lecturer

I teach a variety of courses in spatial analyses, including Introduction to R, Resource Selection Analyses, Raster Data Processing, and Species Distribution Modeling.  Over the past two years, courses taught include:

  • Mpala Research Center, Nanyuki, Kenya – Introduction to R, Google Earth Engine, and Spatial Analyses.  In collaboration with the Institute of Primate Research and the National Museums of Kenya
  • Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA – Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis, and Remote Sensing for Conservation
  • Giant Panda Base, Chengdu, China – Introduction to R, Linear Regression, and Resource Selection Functions
  • AniMove Fundamentals, Frankfurt, Germany – Resource Selection Functions

Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer:

As a graduate student at Colorado State University, I taught:

  • ESS211: Fundamentals in Ecosystem Science
  • NR592: Introduction to R
  • LIFE320: Ecology

Mentoring:

Since joining the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as a post-doctoral researcher in 2015, I have actively mentored undergraduate and graduate students.  These include:

  • Stephanie Cunningham, Master of Science candidate – University of Missouri: Evaluating the effects of GPS collars on animal behavioral, stress, and activity (In prep)
  • Lacey Hughey, PhD candidate – University of California, Santa Barbara: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) as a vehicle for large mammal identification (In prep)
  • Harry Wells: Evaluating restoration potential in dryland ecosystems (In prep)
  • Sarah Macey: UASs as a monitoring tool for grassland nesting birds (In prep)
  • Haydee Hernandez: Differential habitat selection of Arabian and Nubian bustards (In prep)
  • Markus Martini, Master of Science candidate – Bayreuth University: Automated tree-crown mapping using high resolution satellite imagery across arid landscapes (In prep)
  • Storm Crews: Predictive use of habitat corridors across a human dominated landscape: An agent-based modeling simulation (In prep)
  • Joel Mota: Evaluating the effects of GPS collars on animal behavioral, stress, and activity (In prep)
  • Claire Mueller: Movement strategies of reintroduced scimitar-horned oryx (In prep)
  • Kristal Miller, undergraduate – Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Project – Mapping the distribution of anthropogenic disturbance across the Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve, Chad

I also function as a X-labs mentor to a team of 8 talented James Madison University undergraduate students, working towards developing an unmanned aerial system (drone) to safely and effectively dart an animal for veterinary purposes (GPS collaring or biopsy sampling).  Darting an animal is one of the most dangerous activities for a biologist.  Finding safer and more efficient ways to dart an animal could be a huge advance for the field, saving many animal and human deaths.

drone
One of the concept designs submitted by JMU #Team_Dart.