Rich Shefferson teaches courses in ecology, evolution, and statistical methods, as well as on scientific writing and presentation. He is involved in the University of Tokyo's Global Faculty Development initiative, and members of the lab are encouraged to learn and develop innovative teaching methods.
Classes currently taught at the University of Tokyo:
- Fundamentals of Ecology: This course explores the basics of ecology, including population, community, and ecosystem ecology, the fundamentals of micro- and macro-evolution, and cutting edge topics such as eco-evolutionary dynamics, microbial ecology, and human evolution.
- Biodiversity and Ecosystems: This course brings students in contact with the cutting edge in ecology and evolution via lectures from the some of the top professors researching these themes.
- 進化学: This course, taught within the regular U Tokyo curriculum, teaches the fundamentals and cutting edge of evolution, for lower division students.
- 生態学: This course, also taught within the regular U Tokyo curriculum, teaches the fundamentals and cutting edge of ecology, for lower division students.
- PEAK Statistics: This course serves as an introduction to statistics, with the aim of producing graduates who are literate in statistics, and capable of performing basic statistical analyses and programming.
- ES Statistics: This course is an advanced course in applied statistics, particularly focused on linear modeling in its many forms in use in science and business. Topics include mixed models and basic machine learning.
Classes previously taught at the University of Georgia:
- Evolutionary Ecology: This upper-division course focuses on the breadth of evolutionary ecology, including life history evolution, behavioral ecology, evolutionary demography, phylogenetic ecology, and eco-evolutionary dynamics.
- Life Histories: This graduate course focuses on the state-of-the-art in life history theory, and also included modules on analytical methods. Topics include trade-offs and their evolution, quantitative genetics, and evolutionary demography.