taught by me, see here)
developed and implemented by me for classes
of Rutgers Campus (FoRC)
- Essays, including drafts, source
referencing, literature research and peer-review of
- Posters on student-selected topics,
source referencing, literature research, poster-design
and peer-review of posters
- PhyloLab, take-home lab to learn
parsimony and ML software (developed by Chris Zambell,
TA for Plant Systematics 2011)
- Develop interactive, online timelines with
students using TimeGlider software.
- Interviews by students of older
relatives regarding historical uses of plants, cooking,
crops and food ingredients.
- Develop online and paper-based identification keys
to plant species.
- Edible and spicy plants in lab and lectures. [involve
- How to make a herbarium, pressing of plants
for vouchering and inventories.
- Interview with herbal store owners
regarding safety of weight-loss pills, follwed up with
literature research and conclusion of safety.
- Read Origin of the Species
with students, one chapter a week, paired with modern
research paper on related topic for intense discussion
- Create Phylogeny of Edible Things
(the PET project) in class, as a giant poster
- Weed walk on campus
- Edible plant walk on campus
- Cell phone tour of weeds on campus
(funded, but funding returned due to time constraints,
not yet implemented)
INFORMAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES and OUTREACH
- BioBlitzes: Phillips Preserve, Sandy
- Botanical Art of the Pinelands, art
- Lectures to Garden Clubs, school
classes, girl scout groups, etc. Selected topics:
What did dinosaurs eat?
Toxic and edible plants of New Jersey?
The Lost World: Plant discoveries of South America
- Tours of greenhouses on Rutgers'
- Plant classification lecture (pdf)
- Founder and Administrator for groups on
Morphology and Anatomy
- Various workshops on conservation,
screens-to-nature, biodiversity inventories and
biodocumentation, herbarium techniques, phylogenetic