At Ohio State, I taught across the curriculum, from Introductory Biology for non-majors to specialty graduate courses. I received several recognitions for my teaching, including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest teaching award OSU gives. My 2004 essay “Why I teach introductory courses” was widely used in faculty training programs at Ohio State and also UCLA. Along with other partners, I ran a workshop to train students in phylogenetic methods for more than ten years. This workshop was offered in the US, Mexico, and Brazil. To my knowledge, it was the only workshop that taught methods covering morphology, behavior, or DNA, and included the competing paradigms of parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian methods. While the competition among these methods was historically contentious and sometimes political, we promoted that students learn them all. At Carnegie Museum, I initiated a course in temperate ecology for Latin American students that ran for 10 years and was awarded the Human Diversity Award from the Organization for Biological Field Stations..
My focal topics are phylogenetic perspectives in behavioral evolution, arthropod biology, biomonitoring, and forest ecology. Publications currently number 109, with more than 4,300 citations on Google Scholar, H index = 36, RG score = 95th percentile. I developed tools for educational purposes using Virtual Reality, gigapixel photomontage, and also drone-based photogrammetry. These projects are found under the Research tab.
Through my role as Director over the past 10 years, Powdermill Nature Reserve has garnered 17 competitive grants worth about $6M. Listed below are those written principally by me.