Dr. Heilman’s research aims to understand and forecast the response of vegetation to complex and interacting environmental changes across scales (from tree to ecosystem to biome). She takes an ecological forecasting approach to fully account for uncertainties and predict how forests will respond to a multitude of environmental changes, with the overall goal of managing ecological systems for a resilient future. During her PhD, she gained some teaching and course development experiences as a TA for the General Biology Lab, and the General Ecology Lab.
Participating in the CIRTL program as a postdoc is helping her prepare to teach Conservation Biology in 2022. Specifically, the CIRTL courses and faculty learning community have given her the tools and structure to develop lesson plans, build feedback into her teaching, and given her space to reflect on her teaching. Her teaching and learning interests include: incorporating evidence-based active learning strategies in her classes, developing experiential learning experiences, and inclusive pedagogy/grading for equity.