I have both formal and informal teaching experience. One of my favorite things is to teach outside of the classroom or doing hands-on activities. I prefer teaching in the outdoors because its easier to learn and understand nature when you are directly in contact with it. It also involves more team work and learning to tolerate and respect other people's lifestyles. These are important skills for any person, specially a field scientist or a person concerned with marine conservation involving local communities, and understanding different cultures.
I have been Teaching Assistant at University of Costa Rica (UCR), University of Texas at Austin (UT), University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). In classes such as
I have been an invited marine biologist in the field trips for
I have also been involved in citizen science:
Beyond lecturing key points of a science topic, my goal is to teach my students how to be an independent learner, so they can teach themselves anytime in life. For that, I try to emphasize how to investigate about a topic, think critically about information available, take only good quality information, distill the main points and create their own point of view. Beyond this goal, I hope to help them understand the connection humans have to the oceans; moreover, how everything we do on land may have an impact in the sea.