Seminars

Fall Quarter 2017

*All courses listed below are ECL 290s or 290 equivalent courses

ECL 271: Behavioural, Ecological, and Evolutionary Responses to Extreme Climate Events

Instructor: Tom Schoener

CRN: 39409

Time & Location: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm in Storer 2342

At least four kinds of extreme climatic events -- drought, floods, fire and hurricanes – are prominent in today’s news, and these have biological implications. What are all the ways organisms adjust and adapt to climatic extremes, and is in fact the climate becoming more extreme, and how can we measure these things?

ECL 290: Science Translation and Boundary Spanning in Ecology

Instructor(s): Hugh Safford & Jesse Miller

CRN: 39413

Time & Location: 10:00-11:00am on Wednesdays in 2148 Wickson

This seminar will explore the role of boundary spanners in developing and delivering translational ecology. The 10 seminar meetings will be evenly split between guest speakers from important boundary-spanning organizations located in central California (e.g., Point Blue Conservation Science, USDA Climate Hub, UC Cooperative Extension, California Fire Science Consortium, US Forest Service Region 5 Ecology Program) and group presentations by seminar participants. 

ECL 290: “Writing Science” for Ecologists

Instructor(s): Andrea Schreier

CRN: 39481

Time & Location: Mondays from 4:00-5:00 pm. Time may be extended to 5:30 based on student interest.

This course is focused on helping students improve their written communication skills so they can produce clear and interesting papers and proposals. Throughout the quarter we will be working our way through the book “Writing Science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded,” by Joshua Schimel, a microbial ecologist at UC Santa Barbara.  Schimel approaches academic writing as scientific story-telling and his book provides instruction on how to craft a paper that will hold an audience’s interest in addition to clearly communicating data.  In this course, students will apply Schimel’s writing principles to either a short research summary produced for the course or a writing piece such as a proposal or paper that they happen to be working on (e.g. GGE Fellowship). Students will be paired at the beginning of the course and asked to provide feedback on the writing piece of their partner, promoting deadline accountability and providing editing experience. In addition to the writing exercises, we will analyze examples from the ecological peer reviewed literature for style, structure, and effectiveness at communicating ideas.  Each class period, a student will make a short presentation reviewing the main points of the book chapters assigned for that week and lead a discussion about the ideas presented. Following the presentation there will be time for students to share and discuss particular challenges that they are facing in their writing projects.  

ECL 290: Camera Trapping for Wildlife Research

Instructor(s): Rahel Sollmann

CRN: 39423

Time & Location: Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 am or 10:00am - 11:00am in Academic Surge

In this graduate seminar we will discuss applications, methods, and analyses for camera trap monitoring of wildlife. Students will focus on potential uses for camera trap data (behavioral studies, individual ID, etc.), sampling design, data analysis (i.e., count data, abundance and diversity estimation, spatial mark-recapture), pitfalls and limitations. Topics will be supplemented with guest speakers and live data. The course is open to anyone interested in learning about camera trap application for wildlife. The objective of this course is for students to learn ways to initiate and produce a successful camera trapping study for their study organism or study area. Discussions will focus on how to develop an effective study question, study design, timelines, and sampling strategies, as well as data analyses tailored towards a specific objective. Each week, a group of students will lead a discussion on the aforementioned camera trapping topics, have the option to invite a guest speaker, and provide useful readings to supplement. All students will be required to participate in at least 30 minutes of cumulative presentations (or leading course discussion). Classroom discussion will also emphasize how camera trapping can be useful for conservation and management of wildlife.

ECL 290: Wetland Management and Conservation

Instructor(s): Eliska Rejmankova

CRN: 39420

Time & Location: Thursdays, 10-11am in Academic Surge.

In this graduate seminar we will discuss wetland management and conservation. Specifically, this seminar will address activities conducted in natural and man-made wetlands, to protect, restore, manipulate, and provide function and value. Topics will be supplemented with guest speakers (e.g., land managers, owners, wetland researchers) and live data from currently active wetland research. This seminar is open to anyone interested in learning about wetland management, conservation, and research priorities. The objective of this course is for students to learn about current issues associated with natural wetland protection, regulatory requirements and policies, wetland creation and restoration, wetland construction for water quality improvement, ecosystem services and goods, and fish and wildlife management and conservation. Emphasis will be placed on wetland fish and wildlife research in the San Francisco Bay-Delta (e.g., Suisun Marsh). For example, discussions may include wetland management case studies with regards to long term ecological research. Each week, a group of students will lead a discussion on the aforementioned wetland management and conservation topics, have the option to invite a guest speaker, and provide useful readings to supplement. All students will be required to participate in at least 30 minutes of cumulative presentations (or leading course discussion).

ECL 290: Design and Analysis of Marine Science Experiments

Instructor(s): Jay Stachowicz

CRN: 39414

Time & Location: 9 AM Wednesday, Oct 4th (first meeting is this day, we’ll reschedule if needed based on attendee schedules) in Storer 1357

The focus of this course is to allow CMSI graduate students to receive as well as provide feedback on research questions, experimental design, analysis and interpretation of studies in marine environments. Our weekly seminar (1.5 hours/week) will consist of students presenting their research plans (e.g., NSF GRFP proposals, current or upcoming experiments, etc.), followed by a moderated discussion with suggestions for improvement. Each student will be required to attend seminar meetings to participate in discussion and provide feedback, as well as give a 30 minute presentation of their own research plan during one session. Enrollment limited to 18.

Note: the first meeting will be at 9 AM on Wednesday, Oct 4th 2017. If you cannot make it to the first meeting but would still like to take the course, please email Jay Stachowicz (jjstachowicz@ucdavis.edu). During our first meeting we may decide to adjust the meeting time based on attendee schedules.