Teaching Experience

Dr. Coffman teaches an array of undergraduate and graduate field classes.

These include California Ecosystems, Field Botany, Tropical Restoration Ecology in Borneo, Restoration Ecology, Ecology and Human Impacts, and Introduction to Environmental Science and Basic and Advanced Wetland Delineation. She developed a Wetland Delineation Certificate Program at USF in 2013 in which more than 70 students have completed. From 1996 – 2011, Dr. Coffman taught wetland ecology, delineation, and restoration courses in the Wetland Science Series at SFSU’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies in Tiburon, California.

University of San Francisco, Environmental Science Department

Associate and Assistant Professor

Undergraduate Classes Taught – Environmental Science and Studies

  • Ecology and Human Impacts and Lab – 2010 to 2019
  • Understanding Our Environment and Lab – 2010 to 2019
  • California Ecosystems – Fall 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015
  • Field Botany – Spring 2017 and 2019
  • Sierra to the Sea: Wilderness Immersion – Summer 2013

Graduate Classes Taught – Masters of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM)

  • California Ecosystems – Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Wetland Delineation I – Fall 2013, Spring 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Wetland Delineation II – Fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Field Botany – Spring 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Restoration Ecology – Fall 2011


Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University

Wetland Science Instructor

  • Basic Wetland Delineation Training, Lead Instructor- 2007 to 2012 and Botany Instructor – 1996 to 1998
    Basic Wetland Delineation Training is a 40-hour training course that focuses on procedures used to delineate wetland boundaries using the 1987 Corps Wetland Delineation Manual (Technical Report Y-87-1) and the Regional Supplement: Arid West Region (2008). The main objective of this training is to provide participants with a comprehensive and hands-on introduction to delineation of jurisdictional wetlands in California. Field demonstrations of proper procedures to identify wetland vegetation, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology indicators will be covered. The course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experienced instructors.
  • Wetland Restoration Ecology – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012
    This is a field based course addressing current topics in ecology and their application to restoration of wetland ecosystems. The class focuses on ecological concepts and experimentation to help guide wetland restoration projects. Topics include establishing goals and objectives, planning and design process overview, establishing a monitoring plan, monitoring and evaluating success, and adaptively managing wetland restoration activities.
  • Wetland Restoration Monitoring Techniques – 2010 and 2011
    Wetland Restoration Monitoring Techniques is a one day field course focused on field based tools and techniques to properly monitor wetland restoration projects. This course provides resources and demonstrates methods for monitoring and assessing ecological restoration success. In addition, this course addresses restoration management all with an emphasis on marshes and streams in the SF bay area. This was the first field class that I developed a series of one-day field-based workshops as part of the Wetland Science Series program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (http://nerrs.noaa.gov/).