Now in its 46th year, the UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology (GGE) is the largest and most comprehensive ecology graduate training group of its kind. Offering unparalleled diversity and depth in course work and research opportunities, the group is recognized as a center for academic and training excellence. The group's diverse and dynamic collection of 180 students and 130 faculty come from 24 different departments/ units on campus.  Offering both Master's and Ph.D. degrees, the Graduate Group is organized into nine areas of emphasis that include both basic and applied ecology. The GGE defines ecology broadly to span scales from genes to landscapes and explicitly includes human ecology and policy. GGE members become the professionals best trained to protect our natural resources. They strive to develop basic ecological theory as well as work with resource management agencies to help solve ecological problems.

Boasting over 1200 alumni, GGE graduates are continuing this tradition of excellence in over 85 universities worldwide. These institutions include more than 20 community colleges, colleges and universities in California and nearly as many international universities. GGE graduates are found on the staffs of virtually every natural resource managing agency in the federal government (Fish and Wildlife, Forest Service, Geological Survey, NOAA Fisheries, National Parks, EPA, and others), the California state government (Fish and Wildlife, Water Resources, Air Resources, Food and Agriculture, EPA, Energy Commission, etc), private conservation organizations (Nature Conservancy, etc.) and innumerable environmental consulting and biotech companies.

99th Annual Ecological Society of American Meeting, Sacramento, CA, August 10-15, 2014

The GGE proudly supports the following students speaking at this year's ESA conference in Sacamento.  Many other faculty and graduates will also be speaking and in attendence.  Great job to all! 



Lewis A.K. Barnett

Marine reserves can enhance ecological resilience

Timothy M. Bowles

Tightly-coupled plant-soil nitrogen cycling: Insight from root gene expression and biogeochemical indicators on organic farms across an agricultural landscape

Jennifer L. Brazeal

Anatomy of an invasive metapopulation: The California nonnative red fox 

Lauren E. Camp

Genetic structure of raccoon roundworm in North America

Erica J. Case

Resistance and resilience of native serpentine community species to invasion by barbed goatgrass

Grace K. Charles

A massive and a tiny keystone species interact to drive synergistic patterns of plant community structure and ecosystem heterogeneity in a Kenyan savanna

Brian S. Cheng

The enemy of my enemy is my friend: Cascading effects of biotic resistance and the creation of invasive predator free space

Esther M. Cole

Spatial and temporal variation in population dynamics of Andean frogs: Effects of forest disturbance and evidence for declines

Joy B. Cookingham

Biogeochemical controls on nitrogen fixation vary between rock types in a lowland tropical rainforest

R. Eliot Crafton

Current and modeled species distributions reveal global bias in species richness knowledge and invasion risk

Angee N. Doerr

Condos and conflict: Sociopolitcal implications of condo use in the Bahamian spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery

Taraneh M. Emam

Manipulating soil harshness to reduce plant invasion at a mine restoration site

James Farlin

Ecological effects of heavy metal leaching in the Bahamian lobster fishery

Shahla Farzan

Investigating the impact of experimentally-induced phenological mismatch on a solitary bee species (Osmia lignaria) and its parasites

Sarah A. Gravem

Trait-mediated indirect effects in a natural tidepool system

Kelly Gravuer

Do environmental changes impact soil microbial composition and function differently in different grassland habitat types?

Patrick Grof-Tisza

Trophic processes influence the spatial distribution pattern of a chewing herbivore

Matthew L. Hamilton

A bird’s eye view of western juniper management: Assessing multi-objective policies for sage-grouse habitat conservation and rangeland productivity

Rosemary Hartman

Evidence for contemporary evolution to optimize behavioral responses to introduced fish

Sacha Heath

Avian pest control in walnut orchards: Do habitat patches in orchard margins facilitate the provision of pest control services?

Dustin L. Herrmann

When light is the limiting resource: quantifying inter- and intra-annual variability in carbon and nitrogen cycling in a lawn chronosequence

Ryan Hill

Designing for resilience: Spatial and temporal scale conservation planning for a working landscape

Katherine P. Ingram

Ecosystem services of bats in California agriculture; their role in agroecosystem management, crop protection, and farmer perceptions

Laura J. Jurgens

Multiple, divergent effects of a ubiquitous foundation species on organism-scale climate and thermal risk

Lisa M. Komoroske

Ontogeny influences sensitivity to climate change stressors in an endangered fish strongly tied to California conservation

Billy A. Krimmel

Divergent antiherbivore syndromes in tarweed: Play it safe and hide or roll the dice and call for help

Eric F. LoPresti

External chemical defenses in plants: Tests of abiotic and insect herbivore community consequences

Alison R. Marklein

Nitrogen isotopes improve predictions of nitrogen losses and climate change

Kathleen A. Miles

Using a species distribution model to evaluate habitat occupancy by the native Sacramento Valley red fox

Cate B. Quinn

A natural experiment in inbreeding depression in an isolated population of montane red fox

Noam Ross

Modeling forest disease using a macroparasite framework

Matthew S. Savoca

Can a marine infochemical facilitate a tritrophic mutualism between primary producers and top predators?

Allison Simler

Forest resprouting responses to interacting disturbances: Wildfire and sudden oak death in Big Sur, CA

Katherine Smith

Diet Preferences of the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse During a California Drought

Brian V. Smithers

Mechanisms of treeline species range shift in Basin and Range sub-alpine bristlecone pine/limber pine forests

Jens T. Stevens

Disturbance regimes and “thermophilization” of understory plant communities

Marisa L. Trego

A novel approach to contaminant-related health assessment in marine mammals

Elise M. Tulloss

Response to nitrogen deposition in a savanna by oak understory and open grassland plant communities: Crossing thresholds or resilience?

Benjamin Waitman

Ectomycorrhizal diversity declines across a nitrogen deposition gradient in a Mediterranean forest

Robert Walsh

Aquatic insects subsidize a riparian songbird and alter key resource threshholds

Kevin R. Welch

Post-fire conifer regeneration in California’s diverse forests

Caitlin P. Wells

Ground squirrels manipulate offspring sex in response to local population density

Matthew A. Whalen

Grazer diversity and biogenic substrate heterogeneity interactively accelerate intertidal algal succession

Rachel D. Wigginton

Impacts of invasive species removal: How does restoration approach affect salt marsh functional recovery?

Lauren Yamane

Managing California Central Valley Chinook salmon with the portfolio effect

Derek J.N. Young

Burning reveals cryptic diversity and promotes coexistence of native species in a restored California prairie

Emily P. Zefferman

Influence of canopy shading and priority effects on establishment and growth of Eurasian watermilfoil and elodea in artificial stream channels

Kate A. Zemenick

Super-generalist flowers attract high numbers of bees and even higher numbers of non-bee flower visitors


7th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology

Symposium chairs Grace Ha, James Farlin, and Katie Eskra would like to send a great big thanks to the Davis community for making the Ecology Symposium a success!
Over 100 people attended, including undergraduates, staff, faculty, graduate students from twelve different graduate groups, and members from the general public. Overall, it was a great day of food, nature art and photography, and scientific discourse with our distinguished guest, Dr. Mark Bertness. Most importantly, we had student talks and poster presentations that illustrated the exciting and innovative graduate student research that is happening right here at UC Davis. You can read more about the day here.
Please join us in congratulating the following people:
Best Talk:
Matt Savoca, “Marine plastic debris as an olfactory trap for procellariiform seabirds”
Best Poster:
Dave Harris, “Predicting species composition when environmental drivers are missing”
Best Photo:
Mary Clapp
Best Artwork (Tie):
Rosemary Hartman
Allison Simler

P.S. Photo submissions from the Symposium are viewable on Facebook! Just search for "The UC Davis EGSA Graduate Student Symposium" and click on "Photos".

40th Anniversary Alumni Survey

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