Teaching and Outreach


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Riva Bruenn and I recognized at the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award Ceremony, 2016

Courses taught at UC Berkeley: PMB 113: California Mushrooms (Fall 2013 and Fall 2015); ESPM 10: Environmental Issues (Spring 2014).

Teaching Award: I was recognized as one of the two Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley for the 2015-16 academic year.

Courses taught/to be taught at UC Riverside: NASC 93: Freshman Seminar focused on helping first generation college students succeed in STEM (Fall 2018). MCBL 128/228: Field Mycology: Fungi in the field. Field based course aimed at inspiring passion for the wonderful, weird world of fungi (Winter 2020).


Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS): I helped teach lessons on wildland fires to 3rd, 4th, and 7th graders in Berkeley and Oakland.

Local Mycological Societies: I volunteered regularly at the annual fungus fairs for the Mycological Society of San Francisco and the Bay Area Mycological Society. I help to collect specimens and identify mushrooms for the displays, and I help teach the public about fungal ecology.

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) at Berkeley: EYH is a one day conference aimed at inspiring middle school girls to pursue careers in the math and sciences with hands on workshops led by female scientists. I helped bring EYH to Berkeley’s campus in 2011, and I co-chaired the 2013 EYH at Berkeley conference.

Science, Neat!: I taught local Bay Area residents about ectomycorrhizal fungi at the fungus themed Science, Neat! event, run by a team at the California Academy of Sciences, that occurs at bars San Francisco.