I teach a range of topics relating to our species and our closest kin, this includes courses in Human Gross Anatomy, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Human Evolutionary Anatomy, Primate Adaptation & Evolution, Primate Behavioral Ecology, and museum and field-based field schools in primate paleontology.
A common aim of the classes I teach is to inspire curiosity about the workings of the natural world, but each course is tailored to the specific aims of the audience. I've worked in settings that are rich with resources and also in those where institutional support is limited. This has cultivated in me a passion for innovative techniques in the classroom and a sense for using local resources that can enhance the prescribed lessons with direct involvement in the subject, e.g., behavioral data collection from zoo animals, still-life studies of primate skeletons, photogrammetry to measure limbs, and laser-scanning fossils for 3D digital visualization. I am very fortunate to have excellent support and an abundance of resources at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, but I still try to find time to speak with elementary school classrooms and their instructors about science and exploration and share with them ideas to enhance their lessons using resources that they have available to them.
Main: Instructors Klukkert and Cooke with the students of Sabin Bay on the last day of Human Gross Anatomy at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Inset: Klukkert instructs a Brooklyn College student using a laser scanner to collect surface data from fossils in the Anthropology Museum in Santo Domingo, DO.
Sample Course Reviews:
"Dr. Klukkert was fantastic to work with and went out of his way to help us understand concepts we struggled with."
"Very good lectures, kept students' attention and presented the information in a cohesive and helpful manner"
"I think the discussions helped with our ability to think critically and write well."
"Professor Klukkert was more engaging with the students than most professors I've had at [this university]."