University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Courses Taught:
  • Botany 480 Algal Diversity and Evolution Laboratory (Spring 2015, 2016, 2017). “Principles of algal diversity, structure, and evolution. Identification of common Hawaiian algae.” Capstone course for senior Marine Biology and Marine Botany undergraduate students. Introduction to tropical marine plants for new graduate students.
  • Botany 682 Adaptations of Plants to Marine Environments Laboratory (Fall 2016). “Morphological, physiological, cellular, and molecular examples of adaptation to marine environments by marine macroalgae, phytoplankton, and seagrasses.” Entry level course for graduate students in marine botany and marine biology.
  • Botany 201 Plant Evolutionary Diversity Laboratory (Fall 2014, Fall 2015). “Significance of evolutionary trends in the plant world, including reproductive, morphological, and life history adaptations by algae, fungi, and vascular plants. Lab exercises in the morphology and systematics of land plants, fungi, and algae.” Sophomore level course for undergraduate students in botany and the natural sciences.
  • Botany 101 General Botany Laboratory (Summer 2015). “Lab observations and experiments illustrating basic principles of plant biology.” Introductory course that introduces the basics of botany to undergraduate students in non-science disciplines.

Other teaching:

  • Yoga, dance, meditation, and physical fitness (2014-present). Teaching through movement and the physical body benefits my academic teaching and communication skills.
  • Honolulu Academy of art Summer Program (2008). I assisted with the instruction of third to fifth grade students in a classroom and and individual setting. We studied illustration, painting, and art history.


“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” -Carrie Fisher on people with mental illness who may be afraid to pursue their dreams

There is nothing I love more than teaching and learning from students, who are constantly teaching me; to hope, to dream, and to never give up on the future. While my own knowledge may be passed on through published papers and manuscripts, teaching is the gift that keeps on giving. Students take what they learn, make it their own, perpetuate their own teaching into the future, and never cease to amaze me with their intellect, artistic abilities, and accomplishments. My mission in teaching is to share my love for the natural world, science, art, and investigation of the unknown. I encourage students to pursue collaboration within and across disciplines.