As a teaching assistant at the University of Maryland, also during Spring 2018, I taught Aquatic Entomology course (ENTM667). This course included lectures, wet labs, seminars, and field trips. My students and I participated in aquatic insect collection, sorting and insect identification, discussions on insect adaptations, as well as article critiques. I helped students identify insect morphological structures (mouthparts, abdominal and tarsal elements, etc.). The students also developed and presented short lectures on major insect groups. At the end of semester, we also went on a 2 day field trip (in Garrett County, MD) to collect aquatic invertebrates and update our class insect collection.
WEEK 1. Orders of Aquatic Insects; Classification, Insect videos
WEEK 2. Evolution of Aquatic Insects; Collection and in-lab Dissection of Pteronarcys and Acroneuria, Demonstration of Adaptations
WEEK 3. Ephemeroptera; Physiological Constraints and Adaptations
WEEK 4. Odonata; Functional Feeding Groups and Trophic Relationships; Demonstration of Mouthparts
WEEK 5. Plecoptera; Identifications
WEEK 6. Collection trip: Fishing Creek and Little Fishing Creek (6 hours); Identifications; Article 1