Integrative Ecology


Ecology has increasingly expanded in scope, encompassing a range of both theoretical and applied topics. Ecology also has become increasingly interdisciplinary, as the physical, biological, and social sciences become inter-linked in research and program development which together seek to define the nature of ecological systems and to find workable solutions for their protection and management.

The other areas of emphasis in the Graduate Group in Ecology represent defined interests in a subset of the purview of ecology. Integrative Ecology is the Individualized Program in the Graduate Group in Ecology. Here students with interests that are either focused on basic or theoretical aspects of ecology, or on integration of inquiry across various scales or disciplines can develop a program of study that best fits their needs.

Students enrolled in Integrative Ecology develop a program of study that reflects their own interests and research focus. The Master Advisor in Integrative Ecology will assist you in assembling a guidance committee that will help you develop a program that is appropriate for your educational objectives.

Curriculum for Masters and Ph.D. Programs

All GGE AOE students must fulfill the course requirements of the GGE.  The intent of the GGE AOE curriculum is to provide students interested in integrative ecology guidance and additional structure in their coursework.  The GGE AOE recognizes that individual students may have highly diverse interests and needs.  Modifications in the requirements of a student's course program may be made subject to the approval of the GGE AOE Adviser and Chair.

AOE Required Courses

Since Integrative Ecology is so highly individualized, the student and guidance committee must work together to choose a curriculum. Integrative Ecology requires at least two additional graduate courses in Ecology and courses should be selected from among ECL graduate courses, or with the approval of the AOE Advisor, other ecology-relevant graduate courses available at Davis. The Integrative Ecology student is also required to take two courses in quantitative methods. The choice of course depends upon the student’s research and should reflect the types of analytical tools needed by the student to complete their research at the highest standards of the field. Other courses may be specified to complete development of professional and research skills and to correct weaknesses in student preparation for graduate work.


Ed Caswell-Chen, Chair; Nematology, 530-752-3659

Richard "Rick" Karban, Adviser; Entomology, 530-752-2800