My teaching strengths and experience are on the topics of biological anthropology and human anatomy, including specialty courses such as dissection-based Human Gross Anatomy, 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, particularly as it relates to the place of our species and our closest kin in that system. Then, I provide the heuristic and technical toolset to find the answers via active learning. Some of these courses are not naturally-suited for such an approach, and in these cases, I take advantage of 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.
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]."