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.

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

Winter Quarter 2021


ECL 200B. Principles of Ecology II. Instructor: Marcel Holyoak, email Teaching assistant TBA. Time: TBA, CRN: TBA. Location: in-person or Remote (Zoom) TBD.  

EVE 290/ECL 296. Seminar. Instructor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, email Thursdays at 4:00 pm. CRN: TBA. Location: in-person or Remote (Zoom) TBD.  

Speaker schedule TBA

ECL 290s. Participatory seminars


Spring Quarter 2021


EVE 290/ECL 296. Seminar. Instructor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, email Thursdays at 4:00 pm. CRN: TBA.  Location: in-person or Remote (Zoom) TBD.

Speaker schedule TBA

ECL 290s. Participatory seminars