Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Hey, ho, Portland Oregon ESA 2017, let’s go!

Posted 07 Aug 2017 / 0

Mount Hood on the descent into Portland, Oregon Ah, what a privilege it is to get to go to academic conferences! A whole week during which I get to re-connect with old academic friends, make new connections, and do the backstroke in science. And it does not hurt a bit when the conference is in Read More

A Major Post, Conferences, Conservation Biology, Ecological Society of America, Ecology, Ecology Education, Ecosystem Services, Higher Education, Sustainability, Uncategorized

The argument against editing students’ drafts of written work

Posted 22 Jul 2017 / 0

The Chronicle of Higher Education “Why I Don’t Edit Their Rough Drafts” Over the past year, I have been entering a new phase of my teaching career. My home institution, Pratt Institute, has been undergoing a massive transformation of its general education curriculum. This transformation has triggered a variety of different modifications in who I teach and Read More

A Minor Post, General Education, Higher Education, Pratt Institute, Student Writing, Teaching

Predicting Future Evolution (Spring 2017)

Posted 08 May 2017 / 2

One of the activities that I regularly have my students complete in my Evolution course is called “Future Evolution“. The activity sends students on what most evolutionary biologists consider a fool’s errand: to try to predict the future evolution of some particular trait in some particular species. Making such predictions is really difficult for these basic reasons: Read More

A Major Post, Adaptation, Animal Domestication, Anthropogenic Change, Coevolution, Cultural Evolution, Evolution, Evolution Education, Human Evolution, Lesson Ideas, MSCI-260, Evolution, Prediction, Uncategorized

Green Week 2017 opens at Pratt Institute

Posted 24 Mar 2017 / 0

Pratt Institute’s Green Week, a celebration of sustainability, starts tomorrow! I am excited to be working with my colleague Andy Todd to bring Dr. Roland Kays, a wildlife biologist who specializes in the use of camera traps, to Pratt’s campus for Green Week. You can read more about Dr. Kays’ visit here. To learn more Read More

A Minor Post, Activism, Anthropogenic Change, Art & Design, Center for Sustainable Design Studies, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Ecology Education, Envirolutions, Environmental Justice, Pratt Institute, Public Policy, Sustainability, Sustainable Pratt

Eco 101: Exponential Growth & Decay

Posted 27 Jan 2017 / 0

Different rates of positive and negative growth create different population trajectories over time In biology, a population is a group of organisms that belong to the same species and occupy a defined land area (or volume of air or water). These populations have the tendency to grow and shrink over time. This is because the rate at which members of Read More

A Major Post, Eco 101, Ecology, Intrinsic Growth Rate, Population Growth

What in Darwin’s name was I thinking? (#001)

Posted 13 Jan 2017 / 0

I am not afraid to play around when it comes to my teaching. I have been teaching for what seems to me a long time — eight years as a middle school teacher, several instructor gigs in graduate school, and now nearly ten years as a professor at Pratt — and I never feel as Read More

A Major Post, Course Evaluations, Higher Education, MSCI-260, Evolution, MSCI-270, Ecology, MSCI-271, Ecology for Architects, Teaching

Predicting Future Evolution (Fall 2016)

Posted 10 Dec 2016 / 0

One of the activities that I regularly have my students complete in my Evolution course is called “Future Evolution“. The activity sends students on what most evolutionary biologists consider a fool’s errand: to try to predict the future evolution of some particular trait in some particular species. Making such predictions is really difficult for these basic reasons: Read More

A Major Post, Adaptation, Animal Domestication, Anthropogenic Change, Coevolution, Cultural Evolution, Evolution, Evolution Education, Human Evolution, Lesson Ideas, MSCI-260, Evolution, Prediction, Resistance Evolution in Parasites

Celebrating Studio Days (Fall 2016)

Posted 08 Dec 2016 / 0

The Juliana Curran Design Center, where Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Communications Design critiques take place For the past three academic years, Pratt has instituted a new feature of its academic calendar: Studio Days, four days sandwiched between the penultimate instructional week and finals week, are dedicated solely to critiques, surveys, and final reviews in the studio majors. The Read More

A Major Post, Critiques, Reviews, & Surveys, Higher Education, Sustainability, Teaching

My ecological footprint for 2016-2017

Posted 31 Oct 2016 / 0

It’s that time of year again. Once again I send my students in my Ecology course out to estimate their ecological footprints, so to show that I am holding myself to a similar standard — and to make sure to keep myself ecologically self-aware — I always make sure to make my own footprint public. This should Read More

A Major Post, Anthropogenic Change, Biodiversity Loss, Climate Change, Ecological Footprinting, Ecology Education, Environmental Justice, Ethics, Habitat Destruction, MSCI-270, Ecology, Pollution, Sustainability, Teaching Tools

How Moodle allows you to remove your bias when grading quizzes

Posted 10 Oct 2016 / 0

Image of students taking an online exam at the turn of the century courtesy of Michael Surran via Wikimedia Commons I think that any teacher who is honest about their relationship with their students realizes that they are not completely impartial. Given how much you can get to know your students — especially if you require Read More

A Major Post, Assessment Methods, Ethics, Learning Management Systems, Teaching