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Winter Quarter 2021

Note: required GGE coursework will be fully online for Fall 2020, Winter 2021 


ECL 200B. Principles of Ecology II. Instructor: Marcel Holyoak, Teaching assistant Emilie Graves, Time: Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 11:50am. Discussion sessions are Wednesday – 12:10-4pm in 3 blocks of 50 mins. CRNs are 20850 for Wednesdays 12:10-1pm, 20851 for 1:10-2pm, and 20852 for 3:10-4pm. Location: Remote (Zoom).

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

CRN: 20853

Time: Monday and Wednesday from 2:10-3pm and 3:10-4pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

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

CRN: 20855

Time: Monday and Wednesday from 3:40-5pm

Location: Remote

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

CRN: 45116

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

Location: Remote

ECL 296/EVE 290. Seminar. Instructor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, email

CRN: 20931

Time: Thursdays at 4:00 pm.

Location: Remote (Zoom) - see PDF below for Zoom link.  

Speaker schedule: Click here to download a PDF of the full seminar schedule.


ECL 290s. Participatory Seminar - Winter 2021


Evolution Classics and the Cutting Edge. Janet Foley,, and team. 

CRN: 45426

Times: Tuesdays at 1pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: This graduate level survey of evolution will cover key chapters in Futuyma’s Evolution text as background material for weekly discussions about modern or classically important literature in evolution. Students will discuss papers of their choice, master fundamentals of evolution, and integrate evolution with concepts in ecology. Completion of this 290 will meet the prerequisite requirements of the GGE for a class in Evolution. Topics will include population and quantitative genetics, natural selection, genome evolution, sexual selection, evolution of life on earth, and hominid evolution, among others.

Landscape Genetics. Bryan Currinder,, and MJ Farrugia,, with Andrea Schreier, Click here for more information.

CRN: 20857

Time: Wednesdays, 2:10-3pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: This ECL 290 is to give participants familiarity with the basic concepts, analyses, research designs, and applications of landscape genetics (and potentially genomics, if enough interest). 

Phylogenetic Methods and Principles. Reed Kenny,, and Daniel Potter, Click here for more information.

CRN: 20864

Time: Mondays, 2:10-3pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: The goal of this course is to 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. 

Identifying and addressing ecological knowledge gaps in managing California’s low-elevation ecosystems to minimize the impacts of wildfire, and enhance post-fire recovery. Valerie Eviner,, and Sarah Gaffney, Click here for more information.

CRN: 20905

Time: Tuesdays, 3:10-4pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: While there has been substantial research in California forests on management to decrease wildfire impacts and enhance post-wildfire recovery, a lot less is known about pre- and post-wildfire management in California’s lower elevation ecosystems, including grasslands, oak woodlands and chaparral. The purpose of this seminar is to engage with diverse land managers to identify both the knowledge gaps that limit their ability to manage with increasing wildfire, and the knowledge they have gained on this subject through their experiences.

Quantitative Methods for Ecosystem-Based Management. Andrea Odell, Nima Farchadi, and Jack Buckner with Kiva Oken, kloken@ucdavis.eduClick here for more information.  

CRN: 45603

Time: Fridays, 9-9:50am

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is a paradigm in conservation and natural resource management that seeks to improve outcomes by applying a more holistic approach and leveraging more detailed ecological, social, and economic information. These efforts can be aided by quantitative tools designed to better describe key ecological, social, and economic processes acting on an ecosystem. In the context of ecological processes, these tools can describe species interactions, the effects of disturbance and abiotic conditions on species abundance and community composition, and the joint distribution of species and their habitats. 

A Critical Appraisal of The Dreamt Land. Kristin Dobbin, Alexandra Gulachenski, and Krista Marshall, with Tyler Scott, Click here for more information.  

CRN: 45604

Time: Mondays, 1:10-2pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California by prominent California author/journalist Mark Arax was published in 2019 and quickly became a national bestseller. The book uses reporting, historical accounts, and storytelling to explore the roots of water use in the Central Valley and how this complex system touches the lives of those who work and live in one of California’s most productive agricultural regions. In this seminar we will use this book as a starting point to broaden and diversify narratives about the Central Valley.

Dietary Metabarcoding. Ben Sacks, Click here for more information.

CRN: 20894

Time: Thursdays, 12:10-2pm  (Jan 7-Mar 11).

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: In this 2-unit course, we will read and discuss a selection of recent papers including reviews, followed by technical, methodological, and data analytical topics, and finally case studies demonstrating a range of applications to avian, mammal, and other terrestrial vertebrate systems. Goals of the course are to become familiar with the potential and pitfalls of this relatively new method of dietary study.

Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change. Eric Sanford, with Samuel Walkes. Click here for more information

CRN: 20915

Time: TDB; first meeting on Tues., January 5, 2021 @ 1:10pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: Ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change.  We will discuss papers regarding the roles of phenotypic plasticity, adaptation, and eco-evolutionary feedbacks in mediating responses to global environmental change.  Are these processes fundamentally different in terrestrial versus marine ecosystems?  


Spring Quarter 2021


ECL 208. Issues in Conservation Biology. Instructor: Marissa Baskett,

CRN: 39733

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

Location: TBD

ECL 212A. Environmental Policy Process. Instructor: Tyler Scott,  

CRN: 39734

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:10pm-3:00pm.

Location: TBD

ECL 214. Marine Ecology. Instructor: Steven Morgan,

CRN: 39735

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

Location: TBD

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

CRN: 39737

Time: TBA

Location: Fieldwork

ECL 233. Computational Methods in Population Biology. Marissa Baskett,

CRN: 62809

Time: Tuesdays from 10:00-11:50am and optional lab on Thursdays from 11-11:50am. 

Location: TBD

EVE 290/ECL 296. Seminar. Instructor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, email

CRN: 39812

Time: Thursdays at 4:00 pm.

Location: TBD

Speaker schedule: TBA

ECL 290s. Participatory seminars


Additional 290s will be listed here as they are announced.


Fall Quarter 2020

Note: required GGE coursework will be fully online for Fall 2020


ECL 200A. Principles of Ecology. Instructor: Fernanda Valdovinos, Teaching assistant Martha Zillig, Time: Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 11:50 am. Lectures will be recorded asynchronously and made available prior to the synchronous Q&A from 11-11:50 am for each lecture. Discussion sessions are Thursday – 10-1 pm in 3 consecutive blocks of 50 min. CRNs are 29547 for Thursdays 10-10:50 am, 29548 for 11-11:50 am, and 29549 for 12:10-1 pm. Location: Remote (Zoom).

EVE 290/ECL 296. Seminar. Instructor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, email Thursdays at 4:10 pm. CRN: 29628. Location: Remote (Zoom).  Click here for more information.


Date Speaker Title
October 1, 2020 Gil Rosenthal, Texas A&M

Mate choice and its consequences for speciation and hybridization

October 8, 2020 Nandita Garud, UCLA

Rapid Adaptation in Natural Populations: Lessons from Drosophila and the Human Microbiome

October 15, 2020 Sarah Fitzpatrick, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State

Linking evolution and demography through genetic rescue of small populations

October 22, 2020 Jenny Ouyang, Univ Nevada Reno

Ecology and evolution of physiological traits in a changing world

October 29, 2020 Gillian Bowser, Colorado State Univ

Ecological racism: The blindness to
environmental and social justice in ecological research

November 5, 2020 Allison Feder, UC Berkeley

Probing tumor evolutionary progression through space and time

November 12, 2020 Ellen Damschen, Univ of Wisconsin Local and landscape influences on plant
community dynamics in a changing world
November 19, 2020 Anurag Agrawal, Cornell Ecological and evolutionary effects of suppressing insect herbivores in a long-term field experiment
November 26, 2020 No Seminar Thanksgiving
December 3, 2020 Emily Darling, Wildlife Conservations Society Wildlife Conservation Society • “Big data on coral reefs for ecology, conservation, and international policy
December 10, 2020 Susanna Wadgymar, Davidson College Can assisted gene flow rescue populations that are threatened by climate change?

ECL 298. R-Davis (R Data Analysis and Visualization in Science). Instructors Christian John and Liza Wood, email, Tuesdays, 2:10 to 4:00 pm. CRN: 29636. Location: Remote (Zoom).

R-DAVIS is an interactive computer programming class, with an emphasis on coding theory and organization, data management, and data visualization. This course provides a foundation for the numerous excellent quantitative courses offered through the GGE, and will help students make their way from “Hello world” to “Hello tidy data and beautiful graphs!” For more information, please refer to the course website

ECL 298. GRFP Grant Writing Seminar. Instructor Steve Sadro, First Meeting Date: 9/14/2020, times TBA. CRN: 29638. Click here for more information.

ECL 298. Bayesian Models: A statistical primer. Instructor Xiaoli Dong, Dates and times: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:10-11:30 am. CRN: 29639. Location: Remote (Zoom). Click here for more information.


ECL 290s. Participatory Seminar - Fall 2020


Fire and biodiversity. Drs. Hugh Safford, with Kyle Lunneberg and John Williams

CRN: 29558

Time: Thursdays, 1 pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: Earth is a flammable place, and fire has a long history on earth. The first fossil evidence we have of fire comes from the Late Silurian Period, more than 420 million years ago. Earth is covered by carbon-based vegetation, it supports an oxygen-rich atmosphere, it has many regions where climates are seasonally dry, and there are plenty of ignitions from lightning, volcanic activity, and humans. As a result, many species are adapted to fire in one way or another. Human alterations to disturbance regimes have been a major source of ecosystem degradation on earth, and changes to fire regimes have had especially major impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem composition, structure and function. This seminar will investigate the roles that fire regimes, and changes to fire regimes, play in driving biodiversity patterns on earth. Participants are required to attend all sessions (absences must be cleared with the organizers) and to give a 20 min presentation on a relevant subject of their choice (to be cleared by the seminar organizers). Subjects can focus on ecosystems, species, taxonomic groups, geographic regions, specific fire regimes, and so on. 

The seminar will be held virtually. The 10 seminar meetings will include three to four guest speakers, and approximately six sessions dedicated to seminar participant presentations (two presentations per session).

Plant-herbivore physiology and foraging. Eric Tymstra,, with Maria Ospina,, and Dr. Gail Patricelli,

CRN: 29561

Time: Mondays, 5-6:30 pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: Explore topics on plant physiology and herbivore foraging behavior to potentially (depending on interest) work towards a review paper focusing on the interactions between disturbance, plant and herbivore physiology, and foraging. The course will explore these interactions both as a broad topic and in the context of climate change. Click here for more information.

How do fuels affect fire behavior, and how does fire affect fuels? Derek Young, and Ashley Grupenhoff,

CRN: 29559

Time: Mondays, 1-2 pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: Main guiding question: How do fuels affect fire behavior? We will stick to the topic of fuels to explore fire behavior models, so we’ll emphasize how models are driven by fuels (as opposed to how they work in general). Click here for more information.

Critical Issues in the Conservation Ecology of Bats. Leila Harris,, with Mary Clapp,, and Dr. Douglas A. Kelt.

CRN: 29619

Time: TBD - based on participant availability

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: This seminar will focus on issues in ecological research and management of North American insectivorous bats. Click here for more information

Because bats intersect wetland and terrestrial systems, are highly mobile, and have cryptic spatial and temporal patterns, they present unique challenges for researchers and managers.  This seminar will use a format of participant presentations, literature discussion, data workshops, case studies, and guest lectures to better understand and tackle these challenges.

Specific topics will be guided by participant interest. Examples of topics include bats as the vehicle for:

·       Identifying meaningful spatial scales for research and management of highly mobile taxa

·       Evaluating anthropogenic impacts and designing mitigation approaches when dealing with data-deficient species

·       Examining the assumptions behind ecological interpretations of bioacoustic data

·       Understanding zoonosis and reverse zoonosis: fact v. fallacy and where we are in the state of the science

·       Exploring the effectiveness of adaptive management as applied to bats

·       Assessing relative contributions of aquatic and terrestrial systems to foraging budgets

To receive credit, participants will select material and lead a discussion on one course topic of their choice, and prepare one 20-minute presentation. 

Principles and Applications in Freshwater Ecology. Rachelle Tallman, rltallman@ucdavis.eduand Mattea Berglund, mkberglund@ucdavis.eduwith Dr. Robert Lusardi.

CRN: 29623

Time: Fridays, 12:10-1 pm

Location: Remote (Zoom)

Summary: Freshwater is essential to both ecological and human systems, and freshwater ecosystems are widely impacted by anthropogenic change. This seminar will explore seminal papers in freshwater ecology and their applications to management and conservation. Potential topics include flow regimes and environmental flows, aquatic food webs, nutrient cycling and subsidies, and restoration. A schedule of suggested papers will be provided, with the option for students to select different papers if they choose. Each student will lead a class session. Click for more information here.