As a plant ecologist, I study the complex interactions and connections in the natural world. When conducting my research, I strive to understand why certain communities of plants can coexist and flourish while others have inhibited growth. As an instructor, I have realized that classrooms are just a different type of ecological community, and just like plant communities, can be a success or failure without the right conditions. As a result, I have developed four main components that I incorporate into my teaching to help create a caring and supportive learning environment. The components are active learning, incorporating real world issues, developing applicable skills, and mentoring. If you’d like to read my full teaching philosophy please click here or on the word cloud to the right.