A crowd-sourced list of current GGE courses is available. Click here

Spring Quarter 2022


ECL 208. Conservation Biology. Instructor: Marissa Baskett,

CRN: 39712

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

Location: Wickson 2124

ECL 212A. Environmental Policy Process. Instructor: Gwen Arnold,

CRN: 39713

Time: Tuesdays from 2:10pm-5:00pm

Location: Wellman 233

ECL 225. Terrestrial Field Ecology. Instructor: Rick Karban,

CRN: 39716

Time: please contact Rick Karban for details

Location: Fieldwork

ECL 296/PBG 292. Seminar. Instructor: Jennifer Funk,

CRN: 39793

Time: Thursdays, 4:10-5pm

Location: Hart 1150

Speaker schedule: Click here

ECL 298. Environmental Policy Process. Instructor: Mark Lubell,

Description: Introduction to selected theories of the policy process and applications to the field of environmental policy. Develops critical reading skills, understanding of policy theory, and an ability to apply multiple theories to the same phenomena. 

CRN: 39800

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11:50am

Location: Wellman 233

Note: cross-listed with ENV 200C

ECL 298. Alumni Diverse Career Series. 1 unit. Instructors: Janet Foley,, Sage Madden,, and Brandi Goss, 

Description: This monthly speaker series is an opportunity for GGE members to engage with alumni to explore career paths, learn how alums used their GGE degrees in developing their careers, and informally ask alums for advice and insight. The series may be taken for credit as a 298 class or attended as desired without registering. Each session will feature an alum in an area of ecology or other career as prioritized by our students; the speaker will overview their career progression and take questions and answers in the first hour and then meet one on one or with small groups in the second hour.

CRN: 39801

Times: Contact Janet Foley, Sage Madden, or Brandi Goss

Location: TBD

ECL 298. Marine Ecology: Traditional and Emerging Concepts. 2 units. Instructor: John Durand,

Description: We will review classic and new literature in the field of marine ecology using a seminar-style format of reading and discussion. The work that we do in this class will be used to restructure and develop a new curriculum for ECL 214, a graduate class in marine ecology theory and practice that will be next offered in Spring 2023. 

CRN: 39802

Time: Tuesdays, 1:10-3:30pm

Location: CHSL 109

Note: Restricted to GGE and JDPE students only during Pass 1.  Other graduate students may add during Pass 2.

ECL 298. Community and Citizen Science in Conservation1 unit. Instructor: Ryan Meyer, and Todd Harwell,

Description: This course will involve weekly discussion and exploration of community and citizen science approaches and applications broadly related to conservation. With an emphasis on recent academic literature, each session will focus on a different topic such as citizen social science, participatory mapping, participatory modeling, documenting conservation benefits, and participatory project structures. Other topics will be identified and explored based on student interest. 

CRN: 39804

Time: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm

Location: Conference Room, 1460 Drew Ave, Davis, CA 95618

ECL 290s. Participatory seminars

290s will be listed here as they are announced.

Restoration for the Future. 1 unit. Instructors: Valerie Eviner,, co-led by Xavius Boone, Landin Noland, and Isaiah Thalmayer. 

Description: Ecological restoration is changing, requiring new frameworks for goal-setting, implementation, and long-term management needs. In this seminar, students will select papers and lead discussions about restoration ecology in a changing world. Topics will include:

  • planning for novel ecosystems, with unprecedented changes in climate, disturbance regimes, hydrological regimes, nitrogen deposition, land fragmentation, and other environmental changes
  • explicit consideration of social justice (how restoration has contributed to injustices in the past, and how we can work collaboratively with communities to address injustices)
  • improve restoration by being more inclusive of community perspectives and different knowledge systems, actively collaborating with diverse communities to not only implement restoration, but to create new visions of how our ecosystems work, and our goals for restoration

CRN: 39720

Time: Tuesdays, 4:10-5pm

Location: PES 2004

Leaves from the outside in. 1 unit. Instructor: Tom Buckley,  

Description: This seminar will discuss the measurement and interpretation of ecologically, physiologically, and agronomically important leaf properties at the whole-leaf scale. We will focus on properties that are, or at least seem to be, well-defined in theory, but whose conceptual meanings are often tenuously related to experimental measurements; for example, leaf surface diffusive conductances, internal CO2 and H2O concentrations, leaf temperature, various measures of leaf water status, and properties of leaf hydraulics. The seminar will be a mix of background material and discussions of student-led primary literature articles.

CRN: 39721

Time: Thursdays, 9-9:50am

Location: Wellman 3

Climate Solutions Advocacy: “Be the Media”. 2 units. Instructor: Tom Tomich,

Description: Understand, develop, script, and articulate a climate solution narrative in easily marketable language for direct advocacy purposes. Overview of limitations of conventional hierarchical media and the historic opportunity that digital social media provides to directly build public awareness of climate solutions. Analysis of recent grassroots “people-powered” web videos, petitions, and campaigns that use digital media to build direct support for urgently needed public interest solutions.

Guest instructor, journalist Jonathan Greenberg (, with Prof. Tom Tomich (ESP) and Prof. Tony Wexler (LAWR/Mech. Engineering).

CRN: 39722

Time: Wednesdays, 2:10-4pm

Location: Wickson 2120B

Note: graduate students only.

Social and Ecological Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation. 1 unit. Instructor: Mark Lubell, and Kyra Gmoser-Daskalakis,

Description: In the face of current and impending climate change impacts, climate policy and research increasingly focuses on adaptation measures. This seminar will seek to use a social-ecological systems lens to examine processes of climate change adaptation. How can scholars and practitioners advance equitable and effective climate change adaptation measures at different governance scales with social, political, and ecological considerations? A weekly seminar format will read and discuss papers on different aspects of climate change adaptation each week, with the opportunity to also focus topically on adaptation to different climate impacts such as sea level rise, wildfires, and extreme heat.

CRN: 39723

Time: Mondays, 2:10-3pm

Location: Wickson 2120B

The Intersection of Cell Biology and Ecology1 unit. Instructor: Dietmar Kueltz, and Meranda Corona,

Description: Integrating cell biology with ecology opens up unique approaches to uncover the underpinnings of a plant or animals' relationship to their environment. This seminar focuses on the use of cell culture techniques to answer ecologically relevant questions. A broad spectrum of topics may be covered by this seminar, depending on interest: The use of cell lines can elucidate the stress response of a species, or the molecular physiology of a plant. -Omics derived from such cells can provide insight on the evolutionary history of an animal, or how they may fare in response to environmental changes. Cell biology can also aid in the taxonomic classification of microbes, or to understand the development of an organism. An exciting array of subjects fall under this umbrella. Classes will be a combination of background information on cell culture techniques and other related methodology, as well as student-led presentations and discussions on relevant scientific literature. Students are encouraged to choose papers related to their interests. 

CRN: 39724

Time: Tuesdays, 2:10-3pm

Location: Meyer Hall 2154 


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 298. Carbon Cycle. 2-3 units. Instructor: Kyaw Tha Paw U, Click here for more information

Description: This course will focus on the terrestrial carbon cycle, studying the mechanisms for carbon assimilation, carbon flux between ecosystem pools, and techniques to quantify carbon uptake and carbon exchange rates. Special focus will be given to both eddy covariance and model-based approaches to studying and quantifying the carbon cycle. Based on student interest, topics such as climate controls on carbon, atmospheric carbon dynamics, and long-term terrestrial carbon storage can also be explored.

CRN: 21079

Times: Thursdays, 10am-2pm

Location: Hoagland Hall 145

Note: Contact Lily Klinek,, with any questions.

ECL 298. Alumni Diverse Career Series. 1 unit. Instructors: Janet Foley,, Sage Madden,, and Brandi Goss, Click here for more information

Description: This monthly speaker series is an opportunity for GGE members to engage with alumni to explore career paths, learn how alums used their GGE degrees in developing their careers, and informally ask alums for advice and insight. The series may be taken for credit as a 298 class or attended as desired without registering. Each session will feature an alum in an area of ecology or other career as prioritized by our students; the speaker will overview their career progression and take questions and answers in the first hour and then meet one on one or with small groups in the second hour.

CRN: 21080

Times: 1x per month on Thursdays, 11am-1pm

Location: Contact Janet Foley

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: Tuesdays, 2:10-4pm

Location: Wickson 3053

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: Tuesdays, 1:10-2pm

Location: Academic Surge 1323

Who cares about the environment? Human dimensions of natural resources conservation. 2 units. 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: Fridays, 2:30-4pm

Location: Wickson 2120B

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: Mondays, 10-10:50am

Location: Meyer Hall 2154

Reconstructing complex population histories with gene flow. 2 units. Instructors: Ben Sacks, Click here for more information.

Description: The rapid increase in genomic data has revealed reticulate evolution across the tree of life, even in large multicellular eukaryotes.  “Hybridization” or the exchange of genetic material between distinct lineages plays a more important role in evolution than previously recognized, both facilitating and impeding the generation of novel adaptations. However, gene flow can also distort or obscure the relationships among lineages, making the reconstruction of population histories much more challenging. Advances in sequencing technology as well as computational tools and resources have enabled us to better characterize both the extent and timing of admixture events over the course of evolutionary history.

CRN: 20999

Time: Thursdays, 1:10-3pm

Location: 1105 VM3B

Polar Ecosystems in the Anthropocene. 1 unit. Instructors: Eric Post, and Mandy Frazier,  Click here for more information:

The Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems are facing a multitude of anthropogenic threats in the coming decades. Notably, the Arctic and Antarctic are experiencing the highest rates of warming on Earth and are integral components to the global ocean and climate system. In this seminar we will explore a wide range of threats facing polar ecosystems in both marine and terrestrial systems, including ocean warming, sea ice melt, permafrost thaw, increased vessel traffic and tourism, and over-fishing. We will also discuss the challenges of international policy in the poles and how these anthropogenic stressors are threatening native ways of life.

CRN: 21000

Time: Wednesdays, 3:10-4pm

Location: Academic Surge 1064

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