ECL 296 - Located in Vet Med at MDSC C 180 

The new location of ECL 296 is circled in red on the map


Date Speaker Title
September 26, 2019 Amy Iler Ecological consequences
of earlier flowering under
climate change
October 3, 2019 Terry
Lessons In Thermal
Ecology From Rainforest
October 10, 2019 Lars Hedin Traits, evolution and the
functional assembly of
October 17, 2019 Molly
The genetic architecture
of a naturally occurring
hybrid incompatibility
October 24, 2019 Shane
Unnatural Histories:
Exploring genetic and
regulatory mechanisms of
anthropogenic evolution
October 31, 2019 Danny Karp Harmonizing biodiversity
conservation with
agricultural production
across working
November 7, 2019 Daniel
Insights from an emergent
view of sociality
November 14, 2019 Renee
Origin of novel
population dynamics
through behavioral
feedbacks in a passerine
November 21, 2019 Sally Aitken Into the forest darkly:
Climate adaptation in
December 5, 2019 Billie Swalla Evolution, Development
and Regeneration in the

Currently Available 290s - Fall 2019

  • Soil and Plant Interrelationships Seminar w/ Valerie Eviner

     CRN: 39516

    Time: Thursdays 1:10-2 pm

    Location: Olson 244

     This graduate seminar will focus on student-led presentations on diverse topics related to plant-soil interactions. The reciprocal effects of plants on soils, and soils on plants drive many key ecological processes, including biogeochemistry, soil ecosystem services, plant community composition, ecosystem food webs, and sustainable ecosystem management. These interactions also mediate ecosystem response to environmental changes. This seminar will explore the key mechanisms driving plant-soil interactions, and the ecological consequences of these interactions.


    Evaluating Theory of Novel Ecosystems through Case Histories w/ John Durand


    CRN: 39517

    Time: Fridays 9-9:50 am

    Location: Center for Watershed Sciences Conference Room


    This seminar will explore the ecology of novel ecosystems: natural environments that have passed an ecological threshold beyond which lies little opportunity for restoration to an earlier, historic state. We will read emerging theory of these systems (Hobbs 2009) , as well as critical responses (Murcia 2014, Simberloff 2015). We will populate these discussions with specific examples from the literature and our own field experience. For each case history, we will try to apply consistent criteria to establish ecosystem status, and answer the following questions about each: Does this ecosystem qualify as novel? What are the stressors that prevent a return to an historic state? Do social or economic expediencies exist that are antagonistic to traditional restoration and favorable to novel ecosystem management? How do shifting baselines affect our evaluation of ecosystems?


    Wildlife Disease w/ Janet Foley


    CRN: 39519

    Time: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm

    Location: TBD Location on Vet School Campus


    Weekly discussion of publications related to disease and wildlife conservation. We will cover topics ranging from shell disease in the western pond turtle to the role bats play in reducing pathogen spread via vector control. Each student will lead a discussion on a topic of interest related to disease and wildlife conservation. Guest speakers may be invited to present on their research in the field of wildlife disease.


    Design and Analysis of Ecological Experiments w/ Louie Yang


    CRN: 39534

    Time: Tuesdays 12:10-1:30 pm

    Location: 366 Briggs Hall


    Enrollment limited to 16; please email prior to registration for confirmation of space availability.


    In this weekly seminar, students will present their research plans or preliminary results, followed by a friendly and constructive discussion of their statistical and scientific merits as well as alternatives that may improve them.  Each student will be required to present his/her research plan during one week’s session and will attend all seminar meetings in order to participate in the weekly discussion


    Scientific Communication Through Short Film w/ Eric Sanford


    CRN: 39565

    Time: Contact

    Location: Contact


    This course has its own separate listserv where details are shared by Emily Longman of the Sanford Lab. If you are interested in participating please contact her.

Topics in environmental policy and behavior


CRN: 39551

Time: Fridays 11-12

Location: Wickson 1017

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Mark Lubell (

Student sponsor: Kristin Dobbin (


This 290 will focus on current topics in research on environmental policy and behavior including agriculture, climate change and water management. Each week will consist of either student presentations followed by questions/discussion, group discussion on a current topic (e.g. new peer-reviewed paper or recent policy/research report) or a guest speaker. To receive credit in this 290 enrolled, in addition to attendance, students must either present once (30-60 minutes) or lead a discussion (including selecting the topic/reading) one class during the quarter. Contact Kristin Dobbin ( for more information.