Teaching

marineecology               quads

My father, whose love for natural history inspired me to pursue marine science, always joked around that it takes a unique talent to make the study of life boring because biology unites all living things. However, biology is a process with its own language, and as such, it requires fundamental vocabulary and practices that govern the way it can be carried out. When students have the chance to get authentic experience with these practices, they may develop the ability to ‘do’ science rather than just talking about it, which is extremely important for deep comprehension and mastery. Teaching biology is my great passion, and I strive to integrate a combination of active learning techniques with traditional lecture and laboratory exercises to foster understanding and equity and inclusion for undergraduates in STEM fields.

I also enjoy communicating with audiences of all ages and expertise levels to ignite passion and broaden knowledge-bases, particularly with respect to applied conservation biology. If you are interested in contacting me regarding a guest-lecture at your local K-12 school, college, or community organization please don’t hesitate to email me at shonig@ucsc.edu.

Undergraduate courses I have taught or co-taught:

  • Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Introduction to Development & Physiology
  • Behaviorial Ecology

Undergraduate courses I have guest-lectured in:

  • Marine Conservation Biology
  • Introduction to Ecology & Evolution
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Ecology
  • Ecological Field Methods

Undergraduate courses I have been a teaching assistant for:

  • Marine Conservation Biology
  • Introduction to Ecology & Evolution
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Ecology
  • Ecological Field Methods
  • Animal Physiology
  • Marine Ecology Laboratory