Ecology (Graduate Group)

Edwin Grosholz, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1005 Wickson Hall 530-752-6752; http://ecology.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://ecology.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty.html

Edwin Grosholz, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1005 Wickson Hall 530-752-6752; http://ecology.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://ecology.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty.html

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Ecology offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Ecology is a science that integrates numerous fields of study to attain deep understanding of natural and societal influences on the distribution, abundances, behaviors, traits, and ecosystem functions of organisms. In order to accommodate varied student interests, the Group has developed several 'areas of emphasis' with specialized programs of study: agricultural ecology, conservation ecology, ecosystems and landscape ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental policy and human ecology, integrative ecology, marine ecology, physiological ecology and restoration ecology. For further details, contact the Group office.

Preparation. Appropriate preparation is undergraduate work in any of the biological, social or behavioral, and physical sciences, mathematics or engineering. Applicants will normally be expected to have completed the following courses during the undergraduate years or shortly after matriculating: two courses each in introductory biology, general chemistry and physical science; one course each in calculus, an upper division introduction to ecology course, and introductory statistics. Students that choose the environmental policy and human ecology area of emphasis are only required to complete one course in general chemistry. They may also substitute one quantitative course in social science such as micro- or macro-economics for one chemistry or physics requirement.

Edwin Grosholz, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1005 Wickson Hall 530-752-6752; http://ecology.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://ecology.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty.html

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Ecology offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Ecology is a science that integrates numerous fields of study to attain deep understanding of natural and societal influences on the distribution, abundances, behaviors, traits, and ecosystem functions of organisms. In order to accommodate varied student interests, the Group has developed several 'areas of emphasis' with specialized programs of study: agricultural ecology, conservation ecology, ecosystems and landscape ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental policy and human ecology, integrative ecology, marine ecology, physiological ecology and restoration ecology. For further details, contact the Group office.

Preparation. Appropriate preparation is undergraduate work in any of the biological, social or behavioral, and physical sciences, mathematics or engineering. Applicants will normally be expected to have completed the following courses during the undergraduate years or shortly after matriculating: two courses each in introductory biology, general chemistry and physical science; one course each in calculus, an upper division introduction to ecology course and introductory statistics. Students that choose the environmental policy and human ecology area of emphasis are only required to complete one course in general chemistry. They may also substitute one quantitative course in social science such as micro- or macro-economics for one chemistry or physics requirement.


Edwin Grosholz, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1005 Wickson Hall 530-752-6752; http://ecology.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://ecology.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty.html

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Ecology offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Ecology is a science that integrates numerous fields of study to attain deep understanding of natural and societal influences on the distribution, abundances, behaviors, traits, and ecosystem functions of organisms. In order to accommodate varied student interests, the Group has developed several 'areas of emphasis' with specialized programs of study: agricultural ecology, conservation ecology, ecosystems and landscape ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental policy and human ecology, integrative ecology, marine ecology, physiological ecology and restoration ecology. For further details, contact the Group office.

Preparation. Appropriate preparation is undergraduate work in any of the biological, social or behavioral, and physical sciences, mathematics or engineering. Applicants will normally be expected to have completed the following courses during the undergraduate years or shortly after matriculating: two courses each in introductory biology, general chemistry and physical science; one course each in calculus, an upper division introduction to ecology course, an upper division introduction to evolution class and introductory statistics. Students that choose the environmental policy and human ecology area of emphasis are only required to complete one course in general chemistry. They may also substitute one quantitative course in social science such as micro- or macro-economics for one chemistry or physics requirement.

Courses in ECL:
ECL 200ANPrinciples and Applications of Ecology (5) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STA 102; MAT 016A; MAT 016B; or Consent of Instructor. First course in Ecology (e.g., Environmental Science and Policy 100). Pass One open to graduate majors. Course covers principles of community structure and functioning, species diversity patterns, ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, landscape ecology, biogeography and phylogenetics. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
ECL 200BNPrinciples and Applications of Ecology (5) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STA 102; MAT 016A; MAT 016B; or Consent of Instructor. First course in Ecology (e.g., Environmental Science and Policy 100). Pass One open to graduate majors. Provides a broad background in the principles and applications of ecology, and serves as a foundation for advanced ecology courses. Topics include ecophysiology, behavioral ecology, population ecology, genetics and evolution. Emphasis on historical developments, current understanding, and real world applications. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
ECL 203Physiological Ecology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EVE 101 or EST 100; NPB 110 or PLB 111 or EST 129; elementary calculus. A comparative examination of several animal groups addressing fundamental physiological mechanisms that shape the ecology of each animal group. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 205Community Ecology (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): An upper division course in Ecology. Introduction to literature and contemporary research into processes structuring ecological communities. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 206Concepts and Methods in Plant Community Ecology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Introductory courses in statistics and plant ecology. Principles and techniques of vegetation analysis, including structure, composition, and dynamics. Emphasis given to sampling procedures, association analysis, ordination, processes and mechanisms of succession, and classification. Most techniques are demonstrated or conducted during field trips and laboratories. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 207Plant Population Biology (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Advanced undergraduate ecology course (e.g., ESP 100, EVE 101, ENT 104 or PLB 117), and advanced undergraduate course in genetics and/or evolution (e.g., BIS 101 or EVE 100). Introduction to theoretical and empirical research in plant population biology. Emphasis placed on linking ecological ecological and genetic approaches to plant population biology. (Same course as PBG 207.) (Letter.) Effective: 2000 Winter Quarter.
ECL 208Issues in Conservation Biology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Introductory biology (e.g. BIS 002B) and an upper division organismal biology class. Graduate-level introduction to current research in conservation biology. Course will emphasize reading and discussing primary literature. Specific topics will reflect the research interests of UC Davis conservation biology faculty. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 210NEnvironmental Policy and Human Ecology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Anthropology, Ecology, Political Science, Sociology Graduate Groups, or consent of instructor. Principles drawn from social science, ecology and evolution to study of human populations and behavior, emphasizing environmental/resource issues. These principles form a synthetic framework that articulates elements drawn from the social sciences as well as biology. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Spring Quarter.
ECL 212AEnvironmental Policy Process (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Course in public policy (e.g., ESP 160); environmental law (e.g., ESP 161); course in statistics (e.g., SOC 106 or ARE 106). Introduction to selected topics 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. (Same course as ESP 212A and ENV 200C.) (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
ECL 212BEnvironmental Policy Evaluation (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Seminar—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (STA 108 or ARE 106); ARE 176; Intermediate microeconomics (e.g., ECN 100); policy analysis (e.g., ESP 168A or the equivalent). Method and practice, philosophical basis, and political role of policy analysis. Reviews basic concepts from economic theory; how and why environmental problems emerge in a market economy; and tools necessary for solving environmental problems. (Same course as ESP 212B and ENV 200B.) (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ECL 214Marine Ecology: Concepts and Practice (3) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion—1.5 hour(s); Fieldwork—1.5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing or one course in ecology, one course in evolution or genetics; survey course in marine ecology recommended. Critical review and analysis of concepts and practices in modern marine ecology at the interface of several fields of study including oceanography, evolution, behavior, and physiology. Emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and hands-on study. Two field trips required. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
ECL 215Social Ecological Systems (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of core courses for specific graduate programs, for example Ecology 200A/B. Overview of social-ecological systems that links environmental policy and decision-making to ecological processes. Delves deeper into different social science topics related to this broader idea. Applying of course readings to case studies chosen by students and a final paper. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
ECL 216Ecology and Agriculture (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): EVE 011; or Consent of Instructor. Ecological principles as relevant to agriculture. Integration of ecological approaches into agricultural research to increase ecosystem functions and services. Topics include crop autoecology, biotic interactions among crops and pests, ecosystem and landscape ecology. Not open for credit to students who have completed VCR 216. (Former course VCR 216). (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
ECL 219Ecosystem Biogeochemistry (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Introductory courses in ecology/biology and soils are recommended; undergraduates accepted with consent of instructor. Multi-disciplinary analysis of energy and nutrient transfers within terrestrial ecosystems. Examination of processes and inter- and intra-system interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. Laboratory section uses biogeochemical simulation models to examine case studies. (Same course as SSC 219.) (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 225Terrestrial Field Ecology (4) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s); Fieldwork—12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Introductory ecology and introductory statistics or consent of instructor. A field course conducted over spring break and four weekends at Bodega Bay, emphasizing student projects. Ecological hypothesis testing, data gathering, analysis, and written and oral presentation of results will be stressed. (Same course as ENT 225 and PBG 225.) (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Spring Quarter.
ECL 231Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 016C or MAT 021C; Or the equivalent. Mathematical methods used in population biology. Linear and nonlinear difference equation and differential equation models are studied, using stability analysis and qualitative methods. Partial differential equation models are introduced. Applications to population biology models are stressed. (Same course as PBG 231.) (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Spring Quarter.
ECL 232Theoretical Ecology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Examination of major conceptual and methodological issues in theoretical ecology. Model formulation and development will be emphasized. Topics will vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 233Computational Methods in Population Biology (3) Active
Lecture/Lab—2 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): A course in theoretical ecology (e.g., ECL 231 or an equivalent to ESP 121 from your undergraduate institution) or consent of instructor; no programming experience required. Numerical methods for simulating population dynamics using the computational software package R. Emphasis placed on model formulation and development, theoretical concepts and philosophical principles to guide simulation efforts, model parameterization, and implementing simulations with R. (Same course as PBG 233.) (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
ECL 242Ecological Genetics: Applied Genetics for Ecology, Health, and Conservation of Natural Populations (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—0.5 hour(s); Laboratory—0.5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate genetics and ecology/conservation biology courses recommended. Restricted to graduate students, 2nd or 3rd year veterinary students; advanced undergraduate students with consent of instructor. Introduction to the field of applied ecological genetics to include applications in conservation ecology, population genetics, population biology, wildlife health and disease ecology. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
ECL 243Ecological Genomics (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion. Prerequisite(s): ECL 242; Or equivalent training in ecology and genetics according to the discretion of the instructors. Genomics concepts, technologies, and analyses for ecology research. Mixture of lecture, discussion of recent literature, hands-on training in data analysis and experimental design, and research proposal preparation and evaluation. One all-day field trip is required. (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
ECL 245Climate Change, Water and Society (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Class size limited to 25 students. Integration of climate science and hydrology with policy to understand hydroclimatology and its impact upon natural and human systems. Assignments: readings, take-home examination on climate and hydrologic science, paper that integrates course concepts into a research prospectus or review article. (Same course as HYD 245 and ATM 245.) (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
ECL 262Advanced Population Dynamics (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; advanced course in ecology (e.g., Evolution and Ecology 101), population dynamics (e.g., Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation 122), and one year of calculus; familiarity with matrix algebra and partial differential equations recommended. Logical basis for population models, evaluation of simple ecological models, current population models with age, size, and stage structure, theoretical basis for management and exemplary case histories. Emphasis on development and use of realistic population models in ecological research. (Same course as WFC 262.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
ECL 271Research Conference in Ecology (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Critical presentation and evaluation of current literature and ongoing research in ecology. Requirements include active participation in weekly discussions and the presentation of a paper or chapter once per quarter. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as PBG 271.) (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
ECL 280Current Anthropology Journal Editorial Workshop (4) Active
Workshop—1 hour(s); Independent Study—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Students must enroll for all three quarters. Reading and offering workshop critiques of manuscripts submitted for publication, and reading and discussion of other relevant work in anthropology and human ecology. Track and edit published comments and authors’ replies that accompany major features. Participation in the development of new sections for the electronic edition of the journal, including a "news and views" section and a debate section. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s) with consent of instructor. (Same course as ANT 280.) (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
ECL 290Seminar in Ecology (1-4) Active
Seminar—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Topics in ecology. Students are expected to present an oral seminar on a particular aspect of the general topic under consideration. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
ECL 296Topics in Ecology and Evolution (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Seminars presented by visiting lecturers, UC Davis faculty, and graduate students. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as PBG 292.) (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 297TTutoring in Ecology (1-4) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing in ecology. Teaching ecology including conducting discussion groups for regular departmental courses under direct guidance of staff. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
ECL 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.