I am an assistant professor of biology at Grand Valley State University. I received my undergraduate degree in biology from The University of Chicago and my PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from The University of Colorado Boulder. At GVSU my teaching spans introductory courses to the senior capstone. In my courses I work to incorporate a variety of educational practices including inquiry-based lessons, project-based learning, cooperative learning, and flipped classrooms. Many of my courses are writing intensive and I strive to structure the writing assignments in small units to allow enough time for discipline specific writing instruction and multiple drafts. I enjoy working with undergraduate students on research projects. Recent student projects have focued on furthering our understanding of the interactions that occur between plants and soil microbes at GVSU’s sustainable agriculture project.