Abbotsford campus, A317
Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4394email Christine
I have been teaching at UFV since 2000. My first undergraduate degree was in Political Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles. I worked for a number of years in community politics in California and Oregon and then found that my interest in environmental issues compelled me to undertake a biology degree. After completing an undergraduate degree in biology at Portland State University I continued with a Masters in Wildlife Science at Oregon State University where I studied gray-tailed voles, Microtus canicaudus. I tested the effect of female kin groups in the voles on population growth rates and reproduction in a field experiment. The field work for my thesis involved setting traps at dusk and checking them for voles at dawn. I have always enjoyed being outside and am always keen to get out in the field. I have also studied long-toed salamanders in Oregon, burrowing owls on a Naval Air Base in central California (while dodging fighter jets), and ducks in the Chilcotin. Currently I am working with Vicki Marlatt and UFV graduate and wildlife biologist Andrea Geilens to study the amphibians on the UFV campus.
At UFV I teach primarily first year biology majors courses as well as our two courses for non-science students, Human Biology (Biology 105) and Ecology from an Urban Perspective (Biology 106). I developed Biology 106 to fill a need for a lab science course for non-science students. A big bonus to teaching this course is that it allows me to take entire classes outside! I am also interested in cohort models for delivering first year sciences.
I am committed to fostering a lifelong interest in science in my students, and in communicating science to the public, especially children. I organize science outreach projects for elementary students at UFV, including our summer science camps (Science Rocks!) and an after school science program (Super Science Club). Both these programs give UFV students with an interest in teaching the opportunity for paid work engaging school age children in exciting science activities.