Teaching experience

I have a wide and diverse history of teaching experience, relative to opportunity, and have thoroughly enjoyed these experiences.  I outline them below. 


courses and workshops


  • BIOL8702 Advanced Molecular Techniques (2018; ANU): Six lectures and two half-day computer practicals, 25 students

  • Population Genomics Workshop Using the 'Stacks' Software Pipeline (2016; ANU): Sole organiser and teacher, 3 students over 3 full days, with modules on: Introduction to the Command Line; QC of Illumina Raw Read Data; the Stacks pipeline; and Standard Population Genomic Analysis using Stacks Outputs

  • Software Carpentry Workshop (2016; ANU): Co-teacher, two modules of Introduction to Unix, with live coding, ~35 students

  • ANU Phylogenetics Workshop (2015; ANU): Teaching assistant, PhD students and postdocs

  • “Statistics in R Workshop” and “Advanced Scientific Writing course” (2013 and 2014; Max Planck Institute, Tübingen campus, Germany): Co-teacher, ~30 students

  • Laboratory demonstrator/TA (2003-2005; Waikato University): 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students, general biology to advanced genetics courses; grading of undergraduate assessment tasks

Research Student Supervision


  • Masters Student Supervision for BIOL8700 - Nonthakorn (Beatrice) Apirajkamol (2018 Semester Two; ANU)

    • The BIOL8700 course requires students to develop an original research proposal with an academic supervisor; my role was to prepare Beatrice for her MSc research year by meeting advising her on the writing of a research proposal; I provided feedback on, and marked, a literature review and an experimental plan, with Beatrice then preparing a final research proposal that is marked by other researchers in the School

    • Beatrice’s research project focused on: “Effect of stress on telomere length in Helicoverpa armigera”

  • Masters Student Supervision for BIOL8700 - Luwen Chen (2018 Semester Two; ANU)

    • See above for description of BIOL8700; Luwen’s research project focused on: “The effect of pheromone disruption on mating success and sexual selection of moths

  • Honours or Masters Supervisor - TBA (2018-ongoing; ANU)

    • A grant for this project has been awarded and I am currently recruiting a student; my role will be primary supervisor, including assisting in project development, implementation, and write-up

  • Honours Co-supervisor - Holly Sargent (2018-ongoing; ANU)

    • My role was to assist with bioinformatic and population genetic analyses and interpretation, attend planning meetings, and generally provide support

  • PhD Co-supervisor - Jan Meyer (2012-2017; Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany)

    • My role was to provide detailed support in the first 2-3 years around population genomics analysis and ‘PhD’ skills, including time management, experimental set-up efficiency and planning, writing, oral presentation skills

    • Jan successfully defended in 2017, with 11 published papers; he is now working in industry in Frankfurt, Germany

  • Student supervision - BSc/MSc (2005; Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)

    • This role primarily involved assistance in laboratory techniques and conscientious lab conduct