I have taught the lab-portion of a junior-level introductory soils and hydrology course. My responsibilities included lab set-up, pre-lab lecture, grading test and lab assignments, in addition to holding regular office hours.



I also served as theassistant coach for the University of Georgia soil judging team. My main responsibilities included teaching undergraduate soils majors the basics of in-field soil morphology, classification, and interpretation at the weekly practices held before the competition. I additionally helped the students prepare for the competition during the three practice days on site. Emphasis is placed on interpreting soils in new physiographic regions with different parent materials and geomorphology.

In October 2015, the team went to Murray State, in Kentucky, and came away with a third place finish! This qualified our team for the April 2016 competition at Kansas State.

Each summer, I have mentored a high school student in research experiences. This student is typically attends a school from which few students go on to college. Over the summer of 2015, my mentee was Serena Mon. She helped me conduct experiments that determined the range of soil moistures at which iron reduction can be expected to occur in piedmont soils in situ.

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