Professor Alex Maier

Research School of Biology, ANU College of Science

VICE-CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
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Parasites are fascinating creatures that threaten human health, but also keep ecosystems in balance. In his teaching, Professor Alex Maier explores this ‘yin and yang’ of parasites. Using authentic tasks, role play and popular culture, Alex makes biological principles accessible through hands-on experiences. The results are engaged and passionate students who have both the subject-specific know-how and the general skills to tackle complex problems – and who would consider keeping parasites as pets!


"I'm fascinated by teaching because humans are curious subjects. "
Professor Alex Maier


"My aspiration for teaching, my expectation of myself is that students do not only take my courses,
but they actually experience them."
Professor Alex Maier


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