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Winter Quarter 2022


ECL 200BN. Principles of Ecology. Instructor: Marcel Holyoak, 

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00-11:50am

Section A01: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm; CRN 20986

Section A02: Wednesdays, 1:10-2pm; CRN 20987

Section A03: Wednesdays, 3:10-4pm; CRN 20988 

Location: SocSci 90 (MW lecture); Wickson 2120B (Wednesday discussions)

Note: this course is restricted to graduate students only.

ECL 205. Community Ecology. Instructors: Rick Karban,, and Sharon Lawler,

CRN: 20989

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:10pm-4:00pm

Location: Briggs 158

ECL 212B. Environmental Policy Process. Instructor: Fran Moore,

CRN: 45577

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:10pm-5pm

Location: Hart 1130

Note: cross-listed with ESP 212B and ENV 200C

ECL 216. Ecology & Agriculture. Instructors: Neal Williams,, and Amelie Gaudin,

CRN: 20990

Time: Thursdays from 1:10pm-4:00pm

Location: Bowley 105

ECL 231. Mathematical Methods Population Biology. Instructor: Sebastian Schreiber,

CRN: 45239

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-11:50am

Location: Giedt 1006

Note: cross-listed with PBG 231

ECL 243. Ecological Genomics. Instructors: Andrew Whitehead,, and Jeff Ross-Ibarra, Click here for more information.

CRN: 20991

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:40pm-5pm

Location: Storer 2342

ECL 271. Ecology Research. Instructor: Tom Schoener, 

CRN: 20992

Time: Wednesday, 12:10-1:00pm

Location: Storer 2342

Note: cross-listed with PBG 271

ECL 296/PBG 292. Seminar. Instructor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra,

CRN: 21071

Time: Thursdays, 4:10-5pm

Location: Haring 2205

Speaker schedule: Click here.

ECL 298. Statistical Rethinking. 2 units. Instructor: John Durand, Click here for more information

Description: A computational introduction to applied statistics, including causal inference, Bayesian statistics, model comparison, Markov chain Monte Carlo, and multilevel modeling. We will prioritize conceptual, causal models and precise questions about those models using powerful computational tools for coping with high-dimension, imperfect data of the kind that biologists and social scientists face. Familiarity with R or another scripting language is valuable.

CRN: 21078

Times: Prerecorded sessions 2x week; LIVE online session 1x week on Friday; in-person (optional) 1x week on Wednesday

Location: TBD

Note: this group study has multiple delivery formats - please review carefully and contact John Durand with any questions.

ECL 290s. Participatory seminars

290s will be listed here as they are announced.

Phylogenetic Principles and Methods. 2 units. Instructors: Dan Potter, and Reed Kenny, Click here for more information. 

Description: We will explore current topics in the principles and methods of phylogenetics in a participatory seminar format. This seminar should give students a good grounding in the most current methodologies in phylogenetics, but it is unlikely that we will dig into the minutiae of applying any particular method. Rather this should enable students to choose the most appropriate methods for a variety of applications. For each meeting, the presenter(s) will be expected to assign one to three readings, including at least one with introductory background information and one recent paper illustrating an example of the method or approach. We will meet for 2 hours each week; the first hour of each meeting will be used for presentation and discussion of the introductory background information and the second will focus on the recent paper(s). Specific topics will be selected based on participants’ interests; possibilities include the following: Species concepts, Gene tree vs. species tree issues, Bayesian approaches, Divergence time estimations, Parsimony approaches, Interspecific hybridizations, Taxonomic applications, Coalescence approaches, Working with polyploidy, Reconstructing ancestral states.

CRN: 20994

Time: 2 hours per week on Tuesdays; exact meeting time TBD.

Location: TBD

Trait-based Ecology. 1 unit. Instructors: Jennifer Funk, and Ben Rivera, Click here for more information.

Description: Trait-based ecology is becoming more and more popular as a way to examine ecosystem function and assembly across taxa and locations. Recently, the one of the first textbooks on the subject has been published (Handbook of Trait-Based Ecology, 2021). Not only does this textbook provide core concepts of trait-based ecology, but it also provides materials in R to help us understand how to implement these concepts in our own research. Come with us as we explore and grow in this burgeoning new field through discussion and R practice!

CRN: 20995

Time: Mondays, 4:10-5pm

Location: PES 2004

Applying Animal Behavior Knowledge to Improve Ungulate Translocation and Restoration Efforts. 1 unit. Instructors: Justine Smith, and Greta Schmidt, Click here for more information.

Description: Ungulates encompass a diverse clade of hoofed mammals that occupy important ecological, social, and economic roles. Ungulate populations are in decline worldwide, and conservation translocations are a common strategy used to bolster diminishing populations, reintroduce animals where locally extirpated, and even restore ecosystem function. Translocations require a large investment of time, effort, and resources, and can be prone to failure. Behavioral difficulties have been cited by managers as a barrier to wildlife translocation success generally, and integrating behavioral ecology into ungulate translocation efforts can have implications for conservation outcomes. We will review the ungulate translocation, restoration, and rewilding literature, focusing on how variation in behavioral domains (e.g., movement/dispersal behavior, antipredator behavior, sociality) across species can inform conservation efforts and improve outcomes. 

CRN: 20996

Time: 1 hour per week; exact meeting times TBD

Location: TBD

Who cares about the environment? Human dimensions of natural resources conservation. 1 unit. Instructors: Gwen Arnold, and Connor Rosenblatt, Click here for more information.

Description: Human dimensions is a field of study that applies the social sciences to examine research questions that have implications for natural resource conservation efforts. In this seminar course, we will cover an overview of common topics and theories in human dimensions research. We will explore the field of human dimensions through an applied lens by reading thought-provoking case studies with practical conservation implications. We will examine how social science theory can guide conservation efforts and how we all may apply it in our academic and professional careers.

CRN: 20997

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

The conservation genomics of fragmented populations. 1 unit. Instructors: Andrea Schreier, and Shannon Kieran, Click here for more information.

Description: Across the globe, habitat loss has fragmented previously-connected populations of species across the tree of life. In this course, students will read and present on current papers that examine how habitat fragmentation affects organisms at the population, species and ecosystem level, with an emphasis on the genomics of conserved species. If interested, please email co-instructor Shannon Kieran at Course meeting times will be decided based on student availability.

CRN: 20998

Time: TBD; based on student availability

Location: TBD

Other winter courses

WFC 230. Advanced Physiological Ecology of Wildlife. Instructor: Paulina Gonzalez-Gomez.  

CRN: 44030

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40-3pm

Location: TBD

Fall Quarter 2021


ECL 200AN. Principles of Ecology. Instructor: Fernanda Valdovinos,

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00-11:50am

Section A01: Thursdays, 10:00-10:50am; CRN 29835

Section A02: Thursdays, 11:00-11:50am; CRN 29836

Section A03: Thursdays, 12:10-1:00pm; CRN 29837

Location: Olson 205 (MW lecture); Wickson 2120B (Thursday discussions)

Note: this course is restricted to graduate students only.

ECL 245. Climate Change & Water. Instructors: Erwan Monier,, and Mark Lubell,

CRN: 29844

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: Wellman 7

Note: cross-listed with HYD 245 and ATM 245

ECL 271. Ecology Research. Instructor: Tom Schoener, twschoener@ucdavis.eduClick here for more information.

CRN: 29845

Time: Wednesday, 12:10-1:00pm

Location: Storer 2342

ECL 296. Seminar. Instructor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra,

CRN: 29919

Time: Thursdays at 4:10pm.

Location: Young 198

Speaker schedule: Click here.

ECL 298. R Davis. Instructor: Tyler Scott,

CRN: please contact GGE coordinator 

Time: Thursdays, 2:10-4:00pm

Location: Shields 360

Note: this course is restricted to graduate students only.

ECL 298 (2 units). Casual Chain. Instructor: James Sanchirico, jsanchirico@ucdavis.eduClick here for more information.

CRN: 29929

Time: Thursdays, 1:10-3:00pm

Location: Wickson 2120B

ECL 298. GRFP NSF Grant Writing. Instructor: Steve Sadro, Click here for more information.  

CRN: 29927

Time: Sept. 13 at 10am (see flyer for specifics); Tuesdays 12:00-2:00pm

Location: Zoom (see flyer for specifics)


ECL 290s. Participatory seminars

290s will be listed here as they are announced.

Ecological Networks. Instructors: Fernanda Valdovinos and Becca Nelson. Click here for more information.

Description: This is a graduate-level seminar (1-unit) focused on discussion of topics related to structure and dynamics of species interaction networks. We will meet weekly to discuss two journal articles. Some topics will include: How do we analyze mutualistic networks? How do hybrid mutualist-antagonist networks contribute to our understanding of ecological communities? In what ways can trait and behavioral information be integrated into ecological networks? How can networks inform conservation efforts? How does anthropogenic global change affect the structure and dynamics of species interaction networks?

CRN: 29847

Time: Mondays, 2:10-3:00pm

Location: Wickson 2120B

Wild Energy Seminar - Energy and the Environment in Transition. 1 unit. Instructor: Rebecca Hernandez. Click here for more information.

Description: For both ecologists and energy scientists framed around pressing topics at the interface between energy and the environment. Engage with impactful research activities on energy and its interaction with Earth’s resources and species and how these interactions may link to climate change mitigation, protection of biodiversity, and other socio-ecological goals. Weekly speakers.

CRN: 29848

Time: Wednesdays, 12-1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Best Practices for Project Management in Ecology. 1 unit. Instructor: Steven Sadro, MJ Farruggia and Dave Ayers. Click here for more information.

Description: Are you feeling overwhelmed managing one or more research projects? Do you wonder how some people do this with astounding efficiency? Chances are they rely on a series of good practices, organizational structures, and software tools. It’s likely that you incorporate some, but perhaps not all, of these tricks-of-the-trade. This 290 is designed to facilitate a series of weekly student discussions where we can all learn from each other and ultimately achieve effective and efficient project management. Potential topics include database design and management, reference management, file path design, version control, and code organization.

CRN: 29849

Time: TBD

Location: Zoom


Other fall courses

WFC 298. Sustainable Oceans: Natural and Human Systems