“The questions of the students are often the source of new research. They often ask profound questions that I’ve thought about at times and then given up on, so to speak, for a while. It wouldn’t do me any harm to think about them again and see if I can go any further now. The students may not be able to see the thing I want to answer, or the subtleties I want to think about, but they remind me of a problem by asking questions in the neighborhood of that problem. It’s not so easy to remind yourself of these things.”

Richard Feynman, from ‘Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!’.

Adventures of a Curious Character”, 1986.

I believe mentors and students interact in a positive feedback loop – students need energetic and inspiring mentors as much as mentors need to be constantly reminded of the meaningfulness of primordial scientific questions.

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Biology I (BIOL1240) – Biology Dept., Saint Louis University (SLU) – Fall 2017 and 2018.
  • Principles of Biology II (BIOL1260) – SLU – Spring 2017 and 2018.
  • Evolutionary Biology (BIOL3030) – SLU – Spring 2017 and 2018 & Fall 2017.
  • Guest lecturer in Advanced Ecology (BIOL5550) – SLU – Fall 2017.


Students mentored:

  • Derek McFarland (undergraduate student, Harris Stowe State University) – since Fall 2018 (co-mentored with Dr. Solny Adalsteisson, Tyson Research Centre
  • Stephanie Fortune (undergraduate student, Saint Louis University) – Summer 2018
  • Analea Sterling (undergraduate student, UMSL), Fall 2015 – Fall 2016
  • Josh Robertson (undergraduate student, University of South Whales), Fall 2015.
  • Lindsey Gray (undergraduate student, UMSL), Spring 2014 – Spring 2015
  • Reama Darwish (undergraduate student, UMSL), Spring through Fall 2015.
  • DeMarko Timmons (undergraduate student, UMSL), Spring through Summer 2015.
  • Carolina Schuch (graduate student, National Institute for Amazonian Research), Fall 2014.
  • Briona Perry (undergraduate student, UMSL), Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
  • Jared Preiss (undergraduate student, UMSL), Fall 2013.
  • Victor Penha (CAPES/Brazil), Summer 2013