Teaching Philosophy

In order to conserve wild life on Earth, we must demonstrate the intrinsic value of organisms by teaching others about the wonder and fascination of the natural world.  By fostering a strong conservation ethic through education, I believe that teaching is one of my strongest tools to help conserve and maintain biodiversity on the planet.

One avenue I work to accomplish this goal is by teaching students at the collegiate level. To this end, I am currently a Resident Professor for a tropical biology study-abroad course in Costa Rica. The course – Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet – is offered through Organization for Tropical Studies and Duke University. Over the course of a semester, students immerse themselves in six tropical forest biomes in Costa Rica, during which they become experts in ecology, environmental policy, and research methods in the hyper-diverse tropics. They also become proficient in Spanish language and Costa Rican culture through classes at the Costa Rican Language Academy and by hanging out with all the great Costa Ricans at the field sites. Please contact me if you are interested in studying tropical biology in Costa Rica. TropBio-PaloVerde-Federico-Chinchilla-por-MGarcia.jpg

The 2017 Tropical Biology group at Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica. Photograph by Federico Chinchilla; courtesy of Mauricio Garcia.