I am interested in using research projects as a pedagogical strategy in the classroom. These nature-based research projects are used as a means to increase scientific knowledge, interest, and enthusiasm among students. My research focuses on invertebrate ecology and behavior, specifically working with the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes. I am currently involved with writing science case studies for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.
Lab students work on various ecological projects including, but not limited to, determining how termites respond to anoxia, conducting insect surveys using DNA barcoding, monitoring barred and great horned owls, and using camera traps to better understand patterns of animal movement.
If you have any comments, questions, or advice, please contact me.
Mitchell Community College
500 West Broad Street
Statesville, NC 28677
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