Matthew has taught: Higher Education General Biology (majors and non-majors), General Biology II (majors), Ecology, Ichthyology, Comparative Vertebrate Biology, and Herpetology. Grade School Vertebrate Zoology and Snakes Alive! Denise has taught: Higher Education majors Biology, Biodiversity, Ecology, and Best Practices in Teaching. High School Biology of Human Affairs, standard Biology, AP Prep Biology, and AP Biology. Grade School Ecology and General Biology.
Matthew and Denise both find it beneficial to use an assortment of teaching styles including instructor-led lectures, student-led discussions, laboratory experiences, and literature-oriented learning. They enjoy student centered approaches such as problem based learning and flipped-classrooms.
Matthew's awards/honors: 2011 - Jim Tanner Award for Outstanding Dissertation, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee. 2011 - Science Alliance Award, Division of Biology, University of Tennessee. 2010 - Dean E. Metter Award. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Denise's awards/honors: 2013 - Science Alliance Award, Division of Biology, University of Tennessee. 2005 - Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scouts of the United States of America. 2003 - Girl Scout Silver Award, Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Matthew: B.S., Biology (2003) Middle Tennessee State University; M.S., Biology (2006) Middle Tennessee State University; Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2011) University of Tennessee; Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2011-2013) Yale University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology (2013-2014) University of Kentucky; Postdoctoral Professional, Biology (2014-) Illinois Natural History Survey. Denise: A.A., Biological Sciences (2007) Pellissippi State Technical Community College; B.S., Biological Sciences (2009) University of Tennessee; Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2013) University of Tennessee; Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology (2013-2014) University of Kentucky; Laboratory Coordinator, Integrative Biology (2014-) University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Visit Matthew's academic website at http://www.herpetology.us/niemiller Denise is currently collaborating on an ocean ecosystem exploration grant in the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the kids blog! http://outreach.deependconsortium.org/index.php/kids-blog
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