Sarah B. Smith
I study how environmental change influences animal behavior and population dynamics, and most of my work has been with birds in urban environments. Working in cities meant that I often had to communicate about science with the general public, and this sparked my interest in learning more effective ways to speak and write about my work. I believe that essentially the same writing principles apply regardless of discipline, and I hope to help my students develop the tools necessary to express their ideas clearly and to develop their arguments effectively. My first-year writing courses all focus on using our observations – of texts, films, and even the natural world – to inform meaningful questions for research and academic writing.