Research Assistant Professor
Office: Peterson Hall, bldg. 22 room 228
More info: Association of College and University Museums and Galleries; Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research; Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Diversity
- insect community ecology
- behavioral ecology
- pollination ecology
- pedagogical research in environmental and
- PhD: Biology Department, Univ. of New Mexico,
- MS: Department of Zoology, Univ. of Maryland,
- BS: Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1980
I have broad interests in understanding how the world works
and how to effectively communicate that understanding to people of different
cultures. My recent focus has been on communicating effectively about
biological diversity to people of different subcultures within the United
While we all speak basically the same language, people of
distinct subcultures define and use words differently and construct different
value systems that lead to alternate chains of reasoning.
Much of this work has been focused on museum outreach
programs such as traveling exhibits and it has also included science kits for
children, educational video documentaries for public broadcast, and multimedia
science games for families.
The successes of this program on biodiversity are now
leading to similar projects in rural Kenya as well as the development of a new
project in the United States focused on sustainability.
My interests in museum work have also included curatorial
work with insects and arthropod collections. These repositories of biological
knowledge are critical to the documentation of biological diversity before it
is lost, and their importance to people will continue to grow exponentially.
I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the
Association of College and University Museums and Galleries for the past five
years and currently serve as the Vice President.
My research interests have included work in plant-insect
interactions, Chihuahuan desert plant communities, pollination ecology, osprey
foraging ecology, and the behavioral ecology of spiders.
I teach the honors section of the introductory biology
course for majors and the Skills for Success in Science course for minority
students. I have taught a wide range of courses including General Ecology,
Field Ecology, Community Ecology, Organic Evolution, Evolution of Social
Behavior, Conservation of Natural Resources, and a diversity of natural history
and teacher recertification courses.
Dissertation: Formation and Structure of Insect
Communities on the Introduced Tumbleweed: Salsola kali L. (Chenopodiaceae).
Thesis: Pollination Ecology and Breeding System
of Witch-Hazel: Hamamelis virginiana L. (Hamamelidaceae).