Over the years I have developed an interest in the art and science of teaching, and have worked to develop my own teaching skills and to give others more access to the tools and knowledge they need to hone their own teaching skills. To this end, I am involved as the Deputy Director of the Global Faculty Development program at the University of Tokyo. Here, I have helped develop programs to fund learning trips and "teaching experiments" to U Tokyo faculty teaching international students, particularly those interested in active learning and related bodies of pedagogical methodology. I also spearheaded the STEAM seminar initiative in 2019-2020, which brought experts in using artistic approaches to teaching the sciences from around the world and Japan to give seminars and workshops on these very new methods.
Currently taught at U Tokyo
- 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.
- 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.
- Environmental Measurement and Evaluation 5: This thematic course focuses on theory and methodology in ecological and evolutionary research. It is taught in the Fall every other year. In 2019, it will focus on phylogenetic methods in ecology.
- 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.
- Scientific Writing: This course teaches current trends and techniques in scientific paper writing, with a focus on contemporary editorial practices in the top scientific journals.
- Field Work and Case Studies II: This course teaches ecological field methods using a trip into the Chichibu Mountains to provide raw data for analysis.
- 進化学: This course teaches the fundamentals and cutting edge of evolution, for lower division students.
- 生態学: This course teaches the fundamentals and cutting edge of ecology, for lower division students.
- 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.