I am continually fascinated, inspired, awed, and renewed when I observe and study living things. In many ways, my teaching is a way to express my excitement and love for life, and to try and inspire this interest in my students. I believe in information-rich, high content, high complexity courses; I believe that is the only way to convey the extraordinary richness and complexity of nature to students. And yet, in all that complexity, the order and understanding that the scientific study of nature has revealed becomes all the more remarkable. Through science--and science alone--we examine the bias of our senses and reject the obvious in favor of insight: the earth is not flat, the sun does not orbit the earth, matter is not 'solid', and species are not separately created. I am excited to be a part of this process of inquiry, and my philosophy is to invite students to join me and my colleagues in this endeavor.