Teaching philosophy

I believe that education is an essential tool to produce the changes that our society needs. When I refer to education I do not mean it as a systematic indoctrination of knowledge, but as the co-creative process that stimulates people to question the world, to discover themselves, to use their creativity and to think critically.

I love participating in both formal and informal learning environments, through teaching or by developing pedagogical material and spaces that enhances understanding.

Chocolate Científico, Balmaceda Arte Joven, Concepción
In this outreach activity, we encourage students to investigate marine organisms, observe them and to ask questions (“Chocolates científicos”, Balmaceda 2015)

In the class, in the field, on-line or in the laboratory I seek to create a space where students can bring their experiences and use it as a starting point to build knowledge. I promote critical thinking through inquiry-based methods and I actively encourage students to communicate their ideas and to explore their own way of learning, thinking and relating to the material. At my core I am an interdisciplinary teacher —I am interested in the interaction between science, art and society— and I have benefit enormously from collaborations when developing a course. Therefore, I encourage my students to think across disciplines, to collaborate and to be curious and respectful about the world and other forms of knowledge.

Filosofía de enseñanza

Creo que la educación es un componente esencial para producir los cambios que necesita nuestra sociedad. Cuando hablo de educación no me refiero al adoctrinamiento sistemático de información, si no que al proceso que co-creativo que estimula a las personas a cuestionarse el mundo, descubrirse a sí mismos, usar su creatividad y pensar críticamente. Disfruto profundamente del participar en ambiente educativos formales y no formales, a través de la enseñanza o del desarrollo de material pedagógico que facilite el entendimiento.

En la sala de clases, en terreno, on-line o en el laboratorio busco crear espacios donde los estudiantes puedan traer su propia experiencia y usarla como punto de partida para su aprendizaje. Promuevo el pensamiento crítico a través de métodos basados en la indagación y activamente estimulo a los estudiantes a que comuniquen sus ideas y exploren sus propias maneras de aprender, pensar y relacionarse con el material. En mi esencia soy una profesora interdisciplinaria —me interesa la interacción entre la ciencia, el arte y la sociedad— y me he beneficiado enormemente al colaborar en el desarrollo de cursos. En consecuencia, también estimulo a mis estudiantes a que piensen inter y transdisciplinariamente, a que colaboren y a que sean curiosos y respetuosos acerca del mundo y de otras forma de pensamiento.

Courses & Talks — Cursos y Talleres

Teaching of Art & Science courses (University level)— Enseñanza de cursos Arte & Ciencia (universitarios)

Teaching of Science Courses (university level) — Enseñanza de Cursos Científicos (universitarios)
  • 2021 Co-Instructor of postgraduate Course on Science Communication within Academy. Universidad Austral de Chile. (junio)
  • 2017 Co-instructor of postgraduate introductory course on Polychaete Taxonomy at Puerto Montt (January) and Coquimbo (August).
  • 2017-2020 Co-instructor of postgraduate Course on Science Communication within Academy (UCSC).
  • 2014-2015 Assistant professor. Department of Zoology, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Courses: “Zoología I” (twice), “Seminario bibliográfico” for Master students, “Seminario de Proyecto de título” for undergrads.
  • 2014 Invited Instructor: “Curso Historia de Vida de Invertebrados Marinos”, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, graduate level.
  • 2011 Instructor CENAIM, Ecuador (Intensive marine lab course “Embryos & Larvae”).
  • 2010-2011 Lecturer at University of Washington, Seattle, USA (Course: “Introductory Biology”)
  • 2009 Pre-doctoral lecturer at University of Washington, Bothell (Course: “Introductory Biology”)
  • 2008-2009 Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP) Fellow, University of Washington, Bothell. Instructor in charge of designing and implementing three courses during one academic year: “Introductory Biology”, “Using, Understanding and Visualizing Quantitative Data”, and “Marine Diversity and Conservation”.
  • 2003-2008 Teaching Assistant of courses for undergrads and graduate students at the Department of Biology of the University of Washington, both in Seattle and at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Responsibilities of a minimum of 20 hours per week, distributed in discussion sections, laboratories, field work, office hours, lecturing and grading: Courses: “Principles of Ecology” (Dr. J. Ruesink & Dr. S. Naeem), “Introductory Biology” (Dr. J. Tewksbury & Dr. C. Bergstrom ), “Apprenticeship: Marine Protected Areas” (Dr. M. Dethier, Dr. H. Lenihan, & Dr. J. Byers), “Introductory Biology” (Dr. V. Di Stilio & Dr. J. Ruesink), “Comparative Embryology” (Dr.J. Dallman, Dr.R. Strathmann & G. Von Dawson), “Circadian Rhythms” (Dr. H. De la Iglesia), “Foundations of Ecology” (Dr. J. Ruesink), “Apprenticeship: Benthic Ecology” (Dr. K. Sebens, Dr. M. Dethier), “Larval Ecology” (Dr. R. Strathmann and Dr. D. Grünbaum), “Learning to Learn in Science” (Chris Himes y yo como instructores), “Comparative Embryology” (Dr. R. Strathmann & Dr. Sally Leys).
Outreach — Divulgación de la Ciencia
  • 2019-2020 Creator, coordinator and artist of the Art & Science PME of the Millenium Nucleus MUSELS.
  • 2018 Coordinator of the Program of Scientific Communication and Outreach of Universidad de Los Lagos
  • 2016-2017 Alternate director of the project “CIMAGA PATAGONIA: Ciencia, Mar y Gastronomía Patagonia” Fondos XX Concurso de Proyectos de Explora de Valoración y Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Tecnología 2015-2016. This project teaches about marine biodiversity of the Patagonia through gastronomy.
  • 2015- 2016 Chocolates científico (“Café Scientifique” for kids). Activities for sixth grade students on marine biodiversity and ecological interactions, done during a 4 week period and in collaboration with Balmaceda Arte Joven (Concepción), Artistas del Acero, Consejo de la Cultura y la Artes, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, CIBAS, Centro de Biotecnología od the Universidad de Concepción and Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción.
  • 2015 Café Científico (Café Scientifique) “Relatos sobre arte y ciencia, una convivencia feliz”, Pinacoteca, Universidad de Cocnepción.
  • 2006-2009 “Learning to Learn in Science” (Introductory Biology Class for Underrepresented Minorities. Development, organization and running of this gradstudent volunteer program to help underrepresented minorities succeed in introductory classes in the biology series.
  • 2006-2009 Participation in the group “Biology Graduate Students Organizing Opportunities for Diversity and Development” (B_GOODD), former BiogradDiverse group, at the Department of Biology UW. Group interest in increasing the participation of minorities in science.
  • 2005-2007 Participation in “Science Days” & field days at Friday Harbor Laboratories, WA (K-12 students).
  • 2004  LIFT- UW Volunteer and Facilitator, Seattle, WA. Program directed to graduate students in science and engineer departments to improve communication skills and leadership.
  • 2002  Assistant at Outreach program “EXPLORA” at Field Research “Senda Darwin”, University of Chile, Chile. This program shared scientific knowledge on forest resources and conservation biology with children at local public schools.
  • 2001 Coordinator of Outreach program “EXPLORA-CONICYT” at Ecological Station of Marine Research (ECIM), Chile. This program opened the marine lab to the community via public school education and the education of out of school fishermen’s children.
Development of Pedagogical Material — Desarrollo de material Pedagógico
  • 2010-2012 Art Development Editor textbook Biological Science, S. Freeman et al. 5th, Pearson Editorial.
  • 2004 Illustrations for Field Guides of: Australia, Belize and Peru. Editor Les Beletsky.
  • 2003 Illustrations for the webpage of the Burke Museum (University of Washington)