B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Smith College
Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
Interested in environmental science, plant biology, and geospatial analysis.
Long committed to the notion of kinesthetic learning, I believe in teaching through the laboratory experience. My career at Wellesley has largely focused on teaching labs in Organismal Biology, Cell Biology, Environmental Horticulture, and Ecology within the Biological Sciences Department. I also teach Writing 177, The Influence of Place.
Most recently, however, I have become more involved in the Environmental Studies Program, teaching and developing labs for the Introductory Environmental Science course. Exposing students to an interdisciplinary way of exploring their environment has been rewarding. Many of our students complete amazing projects that sometimes combine academic research with a bit of activism, resulting in tangible change. I have also co-taught the capstone course ES 300 and a lab in ES 220.
Building on a skill introduced in ES 101, some students have gone on to do independent research using geospatial analysis on projects that include mapping invasive species, societal attitudes about suburban lawn care, dissolved oxygen levels in local rivers, and environmental justice issues.
My interests in conservation and sustainable agriculture led me to serve on the Board for the non-profit Medway Community Farm as well as several municipal boards including Conservation Commission, Open Space Committee and the Master Plan Committee. At the College, I serve on several Scholarship Committees and as a member of the Environmental Studies Advisory Committee. I have been on the Admission Committee and have been the Department Webmaster.
A runner from the heart up, I continue to enjoy hiking, will always love to travel and spend time with friends and family.