Peter Alan Todd

Fellow

Teaching Aspirations

“To provide a stimulating but relaxed atmosphere where students can take risks and make mistakes. A stress-free and fun classroom that has plenty of activities and interaction is fertile ground for creative thought. Innovation, ingenuity, and originality are all highly prized attributes in contemporary society, and university is probably the last chance students will have to develop their creativity in an educational context. I hope to use this opportunity to cultivate curiosity and imagination in students so they can readily adapt to an increasingly dynamic world.”

Biodata

Peter Todd received his BSc (1st Class Hons) in Ecological Sciences from the University of North London, UK, in 1997 and completed his PhD in Marine Ecology at NUS in 2002. After a two and half year postdoctoral period at Napier University, UK, he returned to NUS as an Instructor and then Lecturer. He is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is an experimental marine ecologist who specialises in designing, building, implementing, and analysing novel approaches to investigations. His basic research focuses on three model taxa groups: corals, crabs and (giant) clams. In his applied research he tries to better understand, and ultimately improve, Singapore’s impacted coastal environments. He is an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE, Subject Editor for Oikos, and Associate Editor for the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, as well as being Review Editor for Aquatic Biology and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Teaching Awards / Accolades

  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2010/2011)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2011/2012)

Pedagogical publications:

  1. Todd, P.A. and Yeo, D. (2012). Are we assessing our students too continuously? CDTL Brief. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore, 15 (3): 11-15
  2. Todd, P.A. (2011). Bringing statistics into biology classes. CDTL Brief. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore, 15 (2): 5-9
  3. Todd, P.A. (2009) Using an electronic classroom response system to facilitate quizzes, activities and games (QAG) in a large class scenario. CDTL Link. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore, 13: 14-17.
  4. Todd, P.A. (2009) Testing for camouflage using virtual crab prey and human ‘predators’. Journal of Biological Education,43: 81-84. [2009 Impact Factor = 0.360]
  5. Todd, P.A. (2007a) Experience (s) in creating distance learning texts. Bioscience Education, 10-3
  6. Todd, P.A. (2007b) Using quizzes, activities and games (QAG) to engage and motivate biology students. Experiments in Pedagogy: Selected papers from PDP-T Programme. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore, 2: 61-69.
  7. Todd, P.A., Yeo D.C.J., Chou L.M and Tan H.H. (2006) Field course fundamentals: To generalise, specialise or compromise? CDTL Link. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore, 10: 1-3.
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