Reconstructing the Tree of Life – An introduction to phylogenetics

University of Chicago (BIO23404/EVOL35401) – Reconstruction the Tree of Life (RToL) Undergraduate and early graduate student class offering an introduction to the tree of life (phylogeny): its conceptual origins, methods for discovering its structure, and its importance in evolutionary biology and other areas of science.  Topics include historical context and concepts, sources of data, methods of phylogenetic analysis, and the use of phylogenies to study the tempo and mode of lineage diversification, coevolution, biogeography, conservation, molecular biology, development, epidemiology, etc.  Co-instructor: Richard Ree.  Autumn quarters odd numbered years.  Link to RToL website.

Ant Course

Field-based course – The Ant Course is a field-based course sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences and Harvard University and focuses on training in all facets of ant biology.  Each year about 35 students are accepted to the course with about 12 instructors.  Topics covered are systematics, taxonomy, identification, curation, collecting techniques, and research programs.  Course location changes each year, but previous locations have included USA, Borneo, Peru, Uganda, and Venezuela.  Link to Ant Course website.

Scientific Education and Outreach

I also believe strongly in scientific education and outreach.  For me this spans teaching university courses to directly supervising students at all educational levels to interacting with other educational programs to working with local school children to creating and being involved in online and digital learning resources for all ages.  Engaging students at all educational levels and the public more generally is an important aspect of sharing science for me.   For a summary of projects I have been involved with please visit our Scientific Education and Outreach webpage.