I teach several courses at Amherst College, including both small and large classes.  These courses are directed to many students, including courses in Biology designed for non-majors as well as specialized courses for advanced majors in biology.  I also teach outside of the department through contributions to the Pick Colloquium and the senior capstone seminar in Environmental Studies.  Courses I have taught include...


Biology 106, Why Sex?

Biology 181, Adaptation and the Organism lecture and laboratory

Biology 320/321, Evolutionary Biology lecture and laboratory

Biology 42, Seminar in Evolution: Plant Sexual Diversity

Biology 77/78, Senior Departmental Honors

Environmental Studies 70, Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies


Navigating the Biology major at Amherst.  Current Biology majors (or those considering Biology as a major) should obtain a copy of the very handy Biology Major’s Checklist.  In addition, link directly to the Biology Department for information about the requirements for the Biology major, available courses in the department or information about the Senior Honors program.

Current advisees. Link to my Amherst College faculty advising page for information about registering for classes, a sign-up schedule for meeting times during the pre-registration period, as well as other information.  Plan to meet with me during the pre-registration period.  During pre-registration, sign-up for a time slot or drop in during office hours (see my available meeting times).  Prior to this meeting, you should create a list of courses using the on-line  course scheduler and copy them into your Preferred Courses page in ACdata.  Use this link for more information and help about on-line registration.


Want me to write you a recommendation letter?  I am happy to do so, but definitely stop by my office (Life Sciences 224), call (413-542-2168), or email me to ask first.  Then, make sure I have the following pieces of information...

First, provide me with a brief description of the program to which you are applying.  If there is something that really appeals to you about the program, let me know.  Generally, the more information I have about you, your experience, and your interests, the stronger your letter will be.  If you have a personal statement or CV/resume prepared (in anticipation of your application), it never hurts to send this (along with a copy of your transcript) to help me write your letter.

Next, make sure I know the details, including...

  1. The due date for the recommendation.

  2. The format of the recommendation (e.g., email, web-form or hard copy; form(s) to fill out vs. a letter, etc.

  3. To whom the letter should be addressed and to what address I should send it.