Students celebrating the end of a successful training season in the field.

I am currently a lecturer in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. Prior to starting at Humboldt, I taught undergraduate courses in Anthropology at the Ohio State University from 2010 to 2018. Courses I have taught include large introductory lectures, smaller upper division seminars, online courses for nontraditional students, and laboratory sections. I employ experiential and active learning strategies in a variety of ways in my classes, such as assigning students ‘challenges’ to tackle outside the classroom or by assisting students with developing local research projects to explore course themes.

I also enjoy teaching students in the field. I’ve trained students from across the world in behavioral and ecological data collection methods, animal tracking with VHF and GPS telemetry, GIS mapping, and bioacoustics analysis at my primary field sites in Peru.

Courses Taught at Cal Poly Humboldt:

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Topics in Nature/Culture
  • Animals in Human Evolution and Society
  • Environmental Studies Research and Analysis
  • Anthropology, Ecology & Conservation
  • Primate Adaptation and Evolution
  • Environmental Crisis in the Amazon
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Environmental Studies Capstone Experience (service-learning course)

Courses Taught at Ohio State University:

  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Peoples and Cultures
  • Cultural Conflict in Developing Nations
  • Women, Culture, and Development
  • Primate Field Methods

Other Teaching:

  • Primate Field Methods (Study Abroad)
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory Sections (Texas State University)
Learning telemetry

Teaching undergraduate students to track wild mammals using VHF telemetry.

harpy recording missy dara

Graduate student learning to record primate vocalizations during a predator model experiment.

Bird watching

Training masters students on observational data collection techniques at a harpy eagle nest.


Undergraduate students learning to conduct focal animal sampling on a saki monkey group.