Office: Center for Natural Sciences 331, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Education for Sustainability, Integrative Education, Non-Timber Forest Products, Plant Ecophysiology, Global Change Biology
My passion in teaching is providing students opportunities for experiential, integrative, transformative, education. I strive to be a teaching innovator and the line between my teaching and research is sometimes quite fuzzy. I use Ithaca College's living classrooms for classes such as Environmental Sentinels, Farming the Forest, Tracking and the Art of Seeing, and Introduction to Herbalism. In all of these courses my goal is to help students build their own Local Ecological Knowledge System (LEKS – see below). To this end, I integrate natural history, nature awareness, academic ecology, medicinal plants, animal tracking, and wilderness living skills into my classes.