Teaching and Science Education

Science education is an essential component for building a healthy, well functioning society. I have participated extensively in both formal class room education as well as alternative science education. I worked as an Adjunct Professor at College of Mount Saint Vincent and have served as a TA at The Rockefeller University. I have also co-organized and taught a one-week intensive course on genomics at the University of Costa Rica with Max Winston (graduate student at the University of Chicago). Additionally I have participated in CUNY's Macaulay Honors College "Science Forward" program as a guest lecturer, bioblitz "taxon leader", and video interviewee, and I also volunteer with a variety of science education programs including The Rockefeller University's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Summer Neuroscience programs as well as the Cold Spring Harbor DNA learning center's Harlem DNA lab.

Adjunct Professor, College of Mount Saint Vincent

Spring semester of 2015 I had the opportunity to teach the Animal Behavior lab course at CMSV. I designed hands-on research activities to facilitate student active learning, including writing an online evolutionary modeling program suitable for classroom use (mckensk0.pythonanywhere.com) and mentoring the students on individual research projects.

CUNY Science Forward Video Series, "Animal Communication"


Put together by the amazing Science Forward team at CUNY, these videos are used as part of a "reverse classroom" science course at CUNY as well as being available for science education world-wide. I was asked to interveiw for the "Animal Communication" video (below), and contributed material for the "Tools of Seeing" video as well.