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Wheeler, Brooke

Director of the Teaching Assistant Seminar and Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics

Personal Overview

Dr. Wheeler's dissertation focused on how scale of observation, disturbance, and soil nutrients influence plant species diversity. Her research included field study, statistical modeling, and analysis of data in the Carolina Vegetation Survey database. She spent two and a half years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, teaching and learning about using writing in STEM courses, and helping to run the Writing Studio. Her research interests include writing to learn in STEM courses, flipped classrooms, aviation environmental science, sustainability, environmental communication, and disturbance ecology.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
B.A. in Psychology and Biology, Rice University, 2001
Ground school, FIT Aviation, 2015

Current Courses

AVS6301 Fundamentals of Aviation Research

AVT 4002 Aviation Research

AVS 2402 Introduction to Aviation Environmental Science

AHF 4001 Human Factors Methods

AVS 6000 Quantitative Research in Aviation

Professional Experience

Division Director, College of Aeronautics, Spring 2019-Spring 2020

Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Program, Duke University, 2011-2015

  • Teaching: Environmental Justice and Environmental Communication

Associate Director, Duke Writing Studio, 2012-2013

Assistant Director, Duke Writing Studio, 2011-2012

  • Administration, training writing tutors, managing Undergraduate Writing Tutors

Adjunct Instructor, Elon University, Winter 2009

  • Teaching: Current Issues in Environmental Science

Writing Tutor, Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill 2009-2010

  • Working with students throughout their writing process, including brainstorming, thesis development, organization, and revisions
  • Facilitating international graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in writing groups

Other courses designed and taught: Foundational literature in Ecology: Classical papers and their contemporary counterparts, Basic Botany, Fundamentals of Ecology, and Rare Species Conservation in Complex Landscapes.