My primary research interests today focus on the pedagogy of science. Teaching science is my passion, and I am continually seeking new ways to increase student engagement. I have reported on the impact of habitat restoration and service learning projects on student engagement in undergraduate non-major biology courses. Currently, I am exploring the effectiveness of social media incorporation into course content as a means to engage students with external material, and am evaluating best practices for incorporating universal instructional design principles into online course design.
My doctoral studies focused on the ecology of natural toxins, and the evolutionary response of aquatic populations to these toxins. Within that realm, I investigated whether toxic algal blooms influence the ecology of primary consumers.