I maintain broad responsibilities for teaching and advising students studying ecology and anthropology. Currently I regularly teach one class focused on the history of ecological approaches in anthropology (undergrad and grad), another focused on research design and contemporary field methods in ecological anthropology (undergrad and grad), and an undergrad class surveying theory in evolutionary ecology and issues of conservation. I've also recently taught a cross-disciplinary course exploring the history and prehistory of human ecological interaction in Australia, drawing on archaeology, geology, climatology, geography, ecology and ethnography to understand the mutual dynamic relationships between the continent and its inhabitants.
My philosophical approach to teaching emphasizes experiential learning and rigorous methodological training. Many of the educational experiences I'm involved with are closely intertwined with my research and collaborative projects. These include a wide range of opportunities for student involvement beyond the classroom, including field school, honors projects, PhD projects, and post-doctoral work, both in the field and lab. For a number of years I directed an environmental/ ethnoarchaeological field school in Western Australia (through Stanford’s Bing Overseas Studies Program), providing ecological and quantitative ethnographic field training for undergraduates (mostly Native American). The field course was hosted by the remote Martu community at Parnngurr and offered an unprecedented opportunity for students to approach questions about prehistory and environmental dilemmas in arid lands.