Teaching Philosophy

I completed a Specialist Certificate in Teaching for Graduate Researchers at the University of Melbourne in 2014, where I received an excellent theoretical and practical basis on the fundamental principles of effective university teaching and curriculum design for learning in higher education. This course largely shaped my teaching philosophy on the necessity to transfer knowledge through student-centered learning approaches, which I implement through an interactive and engaging lecturing style that features a diverse set of hands-on activities during class. Whether these involve practical exercises in a laboratory or outdoors setting, analysing data, discussing articles or collaborating on projects, peer-to-peer learning is an effective way of generating knowledge in an interactive setting, and evermore useful to help transitioning students from individuals to collaborators.

Furthermore, I enjoy experimenting with innovative teaching approaches and see great opportunities when incorporating online communication technologies to enrich the student learning experience. My student-centered approach to facilitate self-guided learning in an interactive and collaborative context ensures that students are engaged in inquiry, synthesis and application of the subject material. In addition, my cross-disciplinary background provides broad exposure to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking across many disciplines within the Earth Sciences, which stimulates creativity and independent thinking to form well-rounded student experiences.

I have contributed to the following units, courses and seminars:

2020

300856: Ecosystem Carbon Accounting. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

2019                               

800170:  Ecosystems in a changing world. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

300856: Ecosystem Carbon Accounting. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

CSES seminar series: Carbon uptake & water loss of temperate eucalypt forests in south-eastern Australia. 19 Sep 2019, Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions (CSES), University of Wollongong, Australia.

OzFlux data processing workshop: Footprint estimation and uses. (OzFlux meeting 2019)

HIE seminar series: Rectifying flux tower-based productivity estimates in heterogeneous ecosystems. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

2018                               

800170:  Ecosystems in a changing world. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

300856: Ecosystem Carbon Accounting. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

ECR workshop series (course coordinator)

Transforming your lit review into a high-impact synthesis / concept paper. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

Eddy4R workshop, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New budgeting approach reveals source of terrestrial carbon uptake overestimation. (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018)

OzFlux-AsiaFlux data processing workshop: Theory and application of flux footprint modeling. (OzFlux-AsialFlux meeting 2018)       

HIE writing retreat: Communicating with conceptual figures. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

2017                               

800170:  Ecosystems in a changing world. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

300856: Ecosystem Carbon Accounting. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

300909: Biological Adaptation to Climate Change. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

Eddy4R workshop 2017: Insights from alternative flux processing approaches. (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2017)

OzFlux data processing workshop 2017: Flux footprints.

Soil Biology and Genomics writing camp: Designing a conceptual figure. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

2016                               

Soil Biology and Genomics seminar series: New approaches to investigate the seasonal growth dynamics in forests. (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University)

2015                               

Guest lecture: Effect of non-homogeneity in flux footprint on the interpretation of seasonal, annual, and interannual ecosystem carbon exchange. (School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne)

2014                               

Specialist Certificate in Teaching for Graduate Researchers (First Class Honours). The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

2013                               

FRST90016: Trees in a Changing Climate. (Melbourne School of Land & Environment, The University of Melbourne)