Teaching Interests

As an instructor, I strive to provide quality learning experience both in and out of the classroom. I am very excited about what I teach and try to convey that to my students. My approach in training graduate students is to work with them to prepare solid and cutting edge academic experience and provide guidance, support, and encouragement to complete the research. In addition, I work with students to publish their research in reputable journals. I also emphasize the importance of collective thinking and teamwork. During my career, I have taught several courses including: Integrated Pest Management, Seminar in International Agricultural Development, Integrated Weed Management, Herbicide Interactions, Introduction to Plant Resistance to Pests, and Agronomy Seminar.

Currently, I teach two undergraduate and one graduate course. These courses are:

  1. I co-teach the core weed science course for undergraduates (Introduction to Weed Science, PLS 176). It covers most aspects of modern weed science and invasive weeds, emphasizing on concepts, while providing also substantial information for real life weed control.
  2. I co-teach the course Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (PLS105). The course encompasses the ecological principles of integrated pest management, the biology of different classes of pests (insects, weeds, plant pathogens, vertebrates) and the types of losses they cause. The course introduces the principles of monitoring and population assessment, review of the different techniques used for pest management including biological, cultural and chemical controls, and how to implement IPM programs in the field. Laboratories emphasize hands-on activities to familiarize students with pest identification and IPM techniques.
  3. My graduate-level course (Physiology of Herbicide Action, PBI 212) examines plant physiology through in-depth study of the mode of action and fate of herbicides and discusses environmental implications of herbicide use.