Assistant Professor of Biology
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Degrees earned: Ph.D.
experience: Research assistant professor, Saint Louis University, 2007-08;
Postdoctoral Fellow, Saint Louis University, 2006-07; Postdoctoral Fellow,
University of Arizona, 2003-06.
Teaching philosophy:I try to get the students to interact
during class and to process what they are learning. Science is not a passive
subject. Science is about exploration and discovery and the most successful
scientists are those who use their knowledge to question the status quo and
offer other possible explanations. These alternative explanations come from
performing experiments, analyzing the results of these experiments and offering
alternative explanations based on these experiments.
Clarke’s impact on Melissa:
Clarke is truly a wonderful institution where everyone does care about each
other. I think this has made me want to be my best — as a professor and as a
Melissa’s impact on students:
I hope that students learn to appreciate the world around them and the wonder
of their own bodies so that they realize science is not scary but fantastic and
wonderful. Science is fun and happening in the world around us all the
Movie – Breakfast
Book – Anne of
Quote – I don’t
have one. There are many great quotes but none that is my favorite.
Class in college – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy because I loved the professor. He was a former
marine who pushed us to be our best.
Place traveled – Berlin,
Hobby – Reading,