I have fulfilled teaching assistantships for two undergraduate courses at Rice: Introductory Biology II (EBIO 202) in 2018 and Animal Biology and Physiology (BIOC 329) in 2019. I also participated in the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence class "Principles of Effective College Teaching". I have mentored several Rice undergraduates conducting independent research over the past four years, including two senior thesis students. I also brought two undergraduate students to Mo'orea for independent research projects.
During my PhD, I conducted outreach through three separate programs: 1) A Rice graduate student-led program that brings interactive science lessons to inner city grade school classrooms in Houston in order to increase the accessibility of science and scientists (http://owlls.blogs.rice.edu/), 2) A collaboration with the Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston through which we provide monthly interactive sessions on the ecology and conservation of coral reefs, and 3) Individual visits to—and from—Houston grade schools about a variety of marine science topics.
During the pandemic, OWLS Outreach produced virtual lessons about Biodiversity, Natural Selection and Adaptation, and Ecosystems and Food Webs for students in grades 5-8.