Courses Developed

Two students in silhouette throwing three hula hoops to get a random sample

Students tossing hula hoops as quadrats to collect a random sample during a plant community study.

Unity of Life II Laboratory

Biology 182 is the second introductory course for biology majors. This course emphasizes evolution, genetics, ecology, morphology, and physiology and how these unifying principles affect organisms on Earth.

I aided in developing lab activities, pre- and post-lab assignments, and in the development of collaborative knowledge assessments. I also taught a total of six lab sections during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.


  • "Professor Hull is always bubbly, full of energy, and creates a safe, fun environment for her students. She was the highlight of this course for sure!"

  • "I appreciated that lab work and assignments were exciting and interactive, and the patience and willingness to answer questions of our instructor."

  • "I enjoyed the variety of labs that kept me excited to learn."

  • "I liked the very easy going environment she created and how every class never felt like two hours because we were also having fun."

Three students examining plants collected and identified.

Students created a herbarium collection of invasive species in the local area on the final day of class.

Introduction to Invasive Species

The BIO 300 Human Biology series at Northern Arizona University is a series of independent mini courses dealing with aspects of biology and human conditions.

I developed and taught a 5-week, 1 credit hour course in Fall 2021 exploring how humans affected and are affected by the biology and ecology of invasive species.

The first lecture was spend outside discussing the invasive and native plants used in landscaping at the University and the last day was spent collecting invasive and native plant species at a nearby empty lot.

Click Here to see a selection of the products the students produced as their final project.


  • The assignment that contributed most to my learning was "walking outside and actually seeing the plants."

  • "I liked the way this class was taught by Prof. Hull. She always made class interesting never had me bored during a lecture. She encouraged everyone to answer questions and not just call out on you."

  • "I like how Julia keeps it engaging and organizes the class in a way that is easy to understand and catch up."

  • "I really liked the structure of having a quiz every Tuesday and a guided reading due every Thursday. It helped me stay organized and know exactly what was expected of me."

Students and instructor examining found mushrooms on the first day of class

Northern Arizona University mycology students gathered around a log displaying mushrooms found during the foray held on the first day of lab. Using outdoor, hands-on learning opportunities allows students to connect concepts to their lived experiences.

Introduction to Mycology

Learning Objectives and Course Description: Students will learn the basics of the systematics, physiology, ecology, genetics, economic, historical and medical importance of fungi and their close relatives through lectures, discussion and laboratory exercises. The lecture portion began with a survey of the major groups of fungi and will then focus on conceptual issues such as the physiology, ecology and genetics of the various fungal groups, as well as the important roles they play in ecology, industry and human health. The laboratory includes field collection and identification of fungi, a survey of the anatomy and taxonomy of the major fungal groups, introduction to the methods used to study fungi and small experiments.

This course included juniors, seniors, and graduate students.


  • "I really appreciated the inclusion of local representations of the different fungi being taught, especially going out in our surrounding environment and finding them."