As an educator, my primary goal is to help students to improve critical thinking, and build capacity to solve complex and practical problems. I also help students learn the disciplinary subject matter and develop professional skills that will enable them to succeed in their careers. To this end, I provide context and experiences that allow students to become competent and confident in their mastery of the subject matter.
Instructor - WILD 5700: Forest Assessment and Management, Utah State University, Spring 2018: Detailed analysis of forest stand structure and growth. Development of silvicultural prescriptions to meet specific objectives. Analysis of costs and benefits of alternative management strategies. Emphasizes forest management to achieve a broad range of management objectives. Fully responsible for two 90 minute meetings per week. Flipped format.
Instructor - Forestry 441: Principles of Silviculture, Oregon State University, Spring 2012: Biological and operational dimensions of forestry, defined as: the art and science of manipulating forests to meet an objective. This course examines natural tree and stand development with fundamentals of stand dynamics, site productivity, stand density, and tree growth/architecture. Fully responsible for 3 lecture periods + 1 field lab per week
Teaching Assistant –Managing Forest Ecosystems/Silviculture, University of Minnesota, Spring 2004: Methods used to blend the maintenance of biodiversity in forest ecosystems with extraction of commodities under new paradigms of New Forestry/Ecosystem Management/Ecological Forestry.
Teaching Assistant –Ecological Vegetation Management, University of Minnesota, Spring 2004: Management of ecosystems primarily composed of plant communities
Teaching Assistant – Dendrology, University of Minnesota, Fall 2003: Introduction to the distinguishing characteristics of North American tree species (field and lab identification) and silvics. Responsible for instructing 2-3 lab sections per week.
Forest Assessment and Management, Utah State University, 2017
Disturbance Ecology, Utah State University, 2016
Principles of Silviculture, Oregon State University, 2014
Exploration of special topics related to forests (freshman level), 50-min, Oregon State University, 2012
Principles of Landscape Ecology, UW-Madison, Dept. Forest & Wildlife Ecology, 2010
Managing Forest Ecosystems, University of Minnesota Dept. of Forest Resources, 2004
Dendrology, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, 2003
Advising and mentoring:
Committee Chair: Jessika Pettit, (M.S. 2018)
Committee Chair: Claudia Stout, (M.S. candidate)
Committee Member: Sara Goeking (Ph.D.), Erika Blomdahl (M.S.), Sara Germain (Ph.D), Elizabeth Simpson (Ph.D.)
Provided guidance for >10 undergraduate student senior thesis/independent research projects, a pre-doctoral candidate and a Ph.D. student
The Science of Learning: Tech, Big Data & Transformation in Higher Ed, 2015
Inclusive Teaching in a Diverse Classroom, OSU Center for Teaching and Learning, 2014
Silviculture Instructors Tour: Utah (2014), Minnesota & Wisconsin Northwoods (2016)
The College Classroom: Teaching in Science and Engineering- basics of learning theory and effective teaching methods at the forefront of ideas in college education. Developed and applied teaching philosophy, course curriculum and lesson plans, and learning assessment, UW-Madison, Delta Program/CIRTL Network (NSF), 2010 (see http://www.cirtl.net/)
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning: http://www.cirtl.net/
ESA Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology: http://www.esa.org/tiee/
David Larsen's Silviculture Website: http://oak.snr.missouri.edu/silviculture/