ESP Biography



MATTHEW HACK, ESP Teacher




Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Past Classes

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The Chemistry Behind Ocean Acidification in Splash Spring 18
Could cabbage juice help solve the plight of marine wildlife? Simple chemistry experiments can be critical in understanding timely world issues. The world is currently facing a major environmental challenge in ocean acidification, but this phenomenon is rooted in simple acid-base chemistry. We’ll start by going over the chemistry behind acids and bases, and carry out some simple laboratory experiments to better understand these processes using common household items. We’ll then connect this information to ocean acidification, touching on how it works, its effects on biology, geology, and human health, and how we can moderate this situation.


Ornithology 101 in Sprout Fall 17
Ornithology is the scientific study of birds. This class will be a broad introduction to what's weird, wacky, unique, and awesome about birds. We'll cover evolutionary history (yes, dinosaurs had feathers) and taxonomy, the development and basic physics of flight, and the growth and color of bird feathers. We'll talk about bird behavior: what are the different ways birds find food, find mates, and interact with their habitats? And we'll learn about some amazing birds from around the world that just might be contenders for a "weirdest bird award." Get a taste of Yale's ornithology class in one hour. Bring all the questions you ever wanted to ask about birds!


The Chemistry Behind Ocean Acidification in Splash Fall 17
Could cabbage juice help solve the plight of marine wildlife? Simple chemistry experiments can be critical in understanding timely world issues. The world is currently facing a major environmental challenge in ocean acidification, but this phenomenon is rooted in simple acid-base chemistry. We’ll start by going over the chemistry behind acids and bases, and carry out some simple laboratory experiments to better understand these processes using common household items. We’ll then connect this information to ocean acidification, touching on how it works, its effects on biology, geology, and human health, and how we can moderate this situation.


Ornithology 101 in Splash Spring 17
Ornithology is the scientific study of birds. This class will be a broad introduction to what's weird, wacky, unique, and awesome about birds. We'll cover evolutionary history (yes, dinosaurs had feathers) and taxonomy, the development and basic physics of flight, and the growth and color of bird feathers. We'll talk about bird behavior: what are the different ways birds find food, find mates, and interact with their habitats? And we'll learn about some amazing birds from around the world that just might be contenders for a "weirdest bird award." Get a taste of Yale's ornithology class in two hours. Bring all the questions you ever wanted to ask about birds!