I returned to academic out of a desire to better understand the relationship between people and the coast and to share this understanding with students. Through my work, I delve deeply into material that is highly relevant to larger issues of environment and sustainability. These issues—and the diverse communities, places, and activities that are tied to them—strongly lend themselves to capturing the interests and imaginations of students in diverse fields. The California coast is simply a wonderfully compelling place to learn about environmental science and policy.

My approach to improving students’ learning, to capturing their attention, and to facilitating their growth as scholars and as humans is guided by three practical values: objective-oriented design, experiential learning, and empathetic mentorship. Thoughtfully designing curriculum around specific learning objectives, assessing learning with targeted assessments, and then working backward to create content and delivery is a much more effective teaching strategy than simply "lecturing and testing." Spending time in the "field"—whether it's a state beach park or the planning commission's public meeting room—is a great way for students to connect with material and to ask and inductively answer their own questions. Working with students in the "real world" provides a wonderful opportunity to engage with them as Colleagues in Science: by respecting them as individuals, I can tailor approaches for their learning and development. These values dovetail with my general approach to life: to be positive, constructive, introspective, receptive to feedback, and engaging whenever and however I can. 

The California coast, which I love and study, is a marvelous setting to put all of these values into practice and I've striven to constantly improve my teachingsome of my courses are detailed on my CVI look forward to a career working with students and helping them learn through experiences focused on the interdisciplinary, intellectual, and environmental potential of this beautiful place.