Teaching and Mentoring


Teaching has been a core component of my development, and effective and inclusive teaching is one of my priorities. In addition to working as a teaching assistant during my PhD, Masters, and undergraduate, I earned a certification in Evidence-based Teaching from the Center for Teaching and Learning at San Diego State University in 2018. Since 2020, I've been a Teaching Fellow with the McGraw Center at Princeton University, where I lead teaching orientations and develop pedagogy workshops for other graduate instructors. 

Courses taught

Genomics in the Wild (Princeton Field Course, Laikipia, Kenya) - Assistant in Instruction, Spring 2023 

Guest lectures: Genomic data analysis, Introduction to data analysis in R

Evolutionary Biology (Princeton University) - Assistant in Instruction,  Fall 2019

Evolutionary Biology (San Diego State University) - Teaching Assistant, Fall 2018

Guest lecture: Phylogenetic comparative methods

Introductory Biology (San Diego State University) - Teaching Assistant, Fall 2016 and Fall 2017

Invertebrate Zoology (Brown University) - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012 and Fall 2013

K-12 science education

I was an AmeriCorps Field Education Intern at the Teton Science Schools in 2016 and a mentor with the Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Education Program from 2010 - 2012. In both programs I developed and taught biology, natural history, and environmental justice curricula.


From 2020-2022 I co-organized and developed Princeton EEB Mentors, a program which connects students interested in applying to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate programs with current Princeton EEB graduate students and postdocs who support them through the process of applying to graduate school. Mentors provide feedback on graduate school and/or funding application materials and insight into contacting faculty, applying, interviewing, and choosing schools. I also work closely with Princeton thesis students and undergraduate researchers (Darlene Barrios and Patrick Newcombe) to develop projects and conduct museum-based research.

Darlene Barrios conducting research at the American Museum of Natural History