Purdue University (Biology)
Michigan State University (Master's)
The University of Michigan (Graduate Coursework)
Hello! My name is Jim W. and I would like to help you learn. My educational background is in biology with strong emphasis in the environmental disciplines. I was trained in limnology (fresh water ecology) and have worked extensively with environmental impact studies, fisheries, aquatic entomology (insects), water quality issues, and exotic species intrusions.
I have a B.S. from Purdue University with Honors in Biology, a M.S. from Michigan State University in Limnology, and additional training toward a Ph.D. (no degree) at The University of Michigan (in Resource Ecology). During my studies, I have had extensive work in subjects related to research in my discipline including statistical analysis, scientific report writing, and public speaking. My teaching experience has included assisting teaching in 17 courses in aquatic ecology at The University of Michigan and as an instructor in an additional course there in the same subject.
I have worked in research on fisheries problems in the Midwest including impact studies of pollution, fish reproduction analysis, and growth studies during the 1980's. I then moved into research on zebra mussel invasion in the Great Lakes during the 1990's while working at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My passion in research, however, has been in stream ecology and the dynamics of insect populations therein.
I have enjoyed teaching students over the years and think I am pretty good at it. I am very patient and take the attitude that if the student doesn't understand a concept, it is my responsibility to try a different approach. Education works best if there is a dialogue between the instuctor and student. Otherwise, the effort may prove a waste of time for both.
Hello! My name is Jim W. and I would like to help you learn. My educational background is in biology with strong emphasis in the environmental disciplines. I was trained in limnology (fresh water ecology) and have worked extensively
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