Teaching & Outreach


EEB 419, Global Change Ecology
EEB 509, Ecology CORE
BIOL 260, Ecology
BIOL 269, Ecology Field-Based Laboratory

In addition to teaching, we conduct outreach activities to foster an interest in science and support diversity in STEM fields. Below are examples of outreach activities in the lab.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians High School Program
In 2016, we began working on an outreach program with Dr. Caleb Hickman and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Nearly two years later, we were excited to launch the first summer of our program which provided field-based research and coding experiences for EBCI high school students! You can learn more about the program here.

Other outreach activities in the Sheldon Lab

Will, an undergraduate researcher in the lab, visited a Botany and Zoology class at Carter High School to talk about dung beetles. Here he’s showing students our cool study organisms!

Maggie leading after school science activities at the Knoxville Boys & Girls Club

In May 2017, Maggie (second from R) taught undergraduates how to trap and identify beetles as part of the course Natural History in the Smokies

In 2017, Kimberly organized and hosted a series on Women, Ecology, and Conservation in a Changing World along with Jen Schweitzer (EEB) and Sally Horn (Geography).

Kimberly (far right) participating in the Discussion Panel for the 2017 Annual Women in STEM Symposium hosted by Pipeline at UTK.



Volunteering with Uinta Pika Watch, which brings seventh graders to the field to gather scientific data.


Teaching a student how to capture and handle insects.



Members of the Sheldon Lab at the June 2016 BioBlitz (led by Discover Life in America) in Oak Ridge, TN.


Presenting at the Graduate & Advanced Lady Scientists (GALS) Workshop in Utah.



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