Teaching

In the end we will only conserve what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. -Baba Dioum

COURSES

Instructor:
Introduction to Natural Resources Management, Northern Marianas College, Saipan, CNMI
Species and Ecosystem Management, Northern Marianas College, Saipan, CNMI

Teaching Assistant:
Kelp Forest Ecology (upper division field course), UC Santa Cruz
Ecology and Conservation in Practice (upper division field course), UC Santa Cruz
Development and Physiology (intro level biology series), UC Santa Cruz

OUTREACH
Monterey Area Research Institutions Network for Education, 2012-present.
Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats, 2014-present.
K-12 outreach presentations at Watsonville High School, Mar Vista Elementary School

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CURRICULUM DEVELOPED

Zuercher, R and Aguilera, S. 2015. The Fish, the People, the Tradeoffs: Social-ecological coupling in the wetfish fishery of Monterey Bay, California. Multi-module case study designed for upper division undergraduate and interdisciplinary graduate courses. Product of National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), NSF DBI-1052875.

Zuercher, R, B.A. Higgins, S. Ciandro. 2015. Fisheries management: fish and our communities. Module (lab and worksheet) designed for high school biology students. Product of GK–12 SCWIBLES, NSF DGE-0947923.

Zuercher, R, C. Goetsch, B. Yew, R. Herradora. 2014. Solving crimes with chemistry (including stand-alone Colors in Chemistry module). Module (video, lab and worksheets) designed for high school chemistry students. Concepts: Planning investigations, arguing from evidence. Product of GK–12 SCWIBLES, NSF DGE-0947923.

PEDAGOGY TRAINING

Teaching Social-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD. July 2015

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National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow, Santa Cruz – Watsonville Inquiry-based Learning in the Environmental Sciences (SCWIBLES). Advisors: Dr. Greg Gilbert, Dr. Ingrid Parker, Dr. Doris Ash. May 2014-June 2015. GK-12 Classroom poster.

 

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