As the coordinator
for the UMEB program, my role is to give UMEB Scholars the training, guidance
and support to become excellent independent researchers.
Thankfully, my job is an easy one, because our Scholars are
bright, thoughtful and accomplished.
In our ENV 499
class the UMEB Scholars develop the syllabus around a few key goals. They
design and implement the curriculum and, as a result, they take complete
ownership of the class and develop an incredible sense of community.
As a researcher and teacher,
I have also grown as a result of my involvement in the UMEB Program via
practice in critical thinking, teaching, mentoring and editing, as well as
exposure to a variety of scientific processes and projects.
My Ph.D. research
is focused on understanding the complex interactions and changes among soil
communities (i.e. arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, nematodes and microarthropods)
as a result of global change factors.