Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (ECO EVO)

Courses

ECO EVO 200A. Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 2-12 Units.

Individual research with Ecology and Evolutionary Biological faculty.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 200B. Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 2-12 Units.

Individual research with Ecology and Evolutionary Biological faculty.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 200C. Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 2-12 Units.

Individual research with Ecology and Evolutionary Biological faculty.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 201. Seminar in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 2 Units.

Invited speakers, graduate students, and faculty present current research in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Concurrent with BIO SCI E107.

ECO EVO 203A. Graduate Tutorial in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 2-12 Units.

Advanced study in areas not represented by formal courses. May involve individual or small group study through reading, discussion, and composition.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 203B. Graduate Tutorial in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 2-12 Units.

Advanced study in areas not represented by formal courses. May involve individual or small group study through reading, discussion, and composition.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 203C. Graduate Tutorial in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 2-12 Units.

Advanced study in areas not represented by formal courses. May involve individual or small group study through reading, discussion, and composition.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 204. Writing Grant Proposals. 4 Units.

Provides students with hands-on experience writing proposals in the research areas of ecology, evolution, or physiology.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 205. Special Topics in Ecology. 4 Units.

Survey of special topics in Ecology.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 206. Special Topics in Evolution. 4 Units.

Extensive introduction to the primary literature of evolutionary biology. Topics include population genetics, quantitative genetics, neutralism, molecular evolution, evolution of genetic systems, genetic architecture of fitness, speciation, and macroevolution.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 207. Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 4 Units.

Statistics for ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Emphasis on specific applications and underlying assumptions rather than on methods of calculation. Topics include experimental design, parametric and nonparametric methods, analysis of variance and covariance, and multiple regression.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least one quarter of statistics including regression and analysis of variance.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 208. Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology. 4 Units.

A summary of information in organismal biology, comparative and ecological physiology, and the biophysical basis of organismal function. Course offered every other fall.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 210. Foundations of Physiology. 4 Units.

Physical and functional principles common to many living forms. Course forms a basis for subsequent specialization in any of the subdisciplines of physiology. Course offered in even years.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 218. Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology. 4 Units.

Content and instructor will vary from quarter to quarter. Possible topics include quantitative genetics, experimental methods of evolutionary studies, mathematical modeling in evolutionary studies, and the evolution of genetic systems.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

ECO EVO 219. Advanced Topics in Ecological Genetics. 4 Units.

Content and instructor will vary from year to year. Possible topics include coevolution, sex-ratio evolution, evolution senescence, plant population biology, and density-dependent selection.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 221. Advanced Topics in Ecology. 2-4 Units.

Weekly discussion of current topics in ecology at the graduate level.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary.

ECO EVO 222. Statistical Learning in Ecology and Evolution. 4 Units.

Reviews basic principals of variance/bias trade-offs. Topics include models for prediction and classification, variable selection methods, cross-validation, tree based methods, unsupervised learning. Applications in ecology and evolution using R.

Prerequisite: ECO EVO 207. ECO EVO 207 with a grade of B or better

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 227. Plant Physiological Ecology. 4 Units.

Provides a summary of information on plant organismal biology, comparative and ecological physiology, and functional ecology. Offered every other fall.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 228. Seminar in Conservation Biology. 2 Units.

Devoted to the application of basic ecological principles to the understanding and resolution of environmental problems of both local and global natures. Current problems approached through a combination of readings, group discussions, and visiting speakers.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 230. Topics in Microbial Ecology. 2-4 Units.

Weekly discussion of current topics in ecology, biogeochemistry, evolution, and physiology of microbial organisms.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

ECO EVO 235. Experimental Evolution. 2 Units.

Explores experimental evolution, which is now a well-established part of evolutionary biology. With the advent of genomics, it is now one of the most powerful tools for studying the genetic foundations of biology.

Prerequisite: BIO SCI E106

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only. School of Biological Sciences students only.

ECO EVO 246. Seminar in Ecology and Evolution Education. 2 Units.

Weekly discussion of teaching techniques and challenges that are specific to courses in ecology and evolutionary biology. Emphasis will be on using evidence-based pedagogy techniques. There will be a combination of readings, group discussions and speakers.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 251. Evolutionary and Ecological Principles in Medicine. 4 Units.

Explore the dynamics of populations on an ecological, epidemiological, and medical level. Considers the dynamics of competition, predation, and parasitism; the spread and control of infectious diseases; and the in vivo dynamics of viral infections and the immune system.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

Concurrent with BIO SCI E151.

ECO EVO 253. Functional and Structural Evolutionary Genomics. 4 Units.

Function and organization of genomes analyzed from an evolutionary perspective. Review of some of the most recent experimental approaches in genome analysis and comparative genomics. Relevant software to analyze DNA and expression data is used.

Concurrent with BIO SCI E153.

ECO EVO 262. Professional Workshop. 2 Units.

Identify and attend professional or technical skill workshops to gain professional knowledge and certifications related to conservation and restoration science.

Repeatability: May be taken for credit 4 times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 264. Conservation Biology. 4 Units.

Explores concepts in ecology with potential for conserving biological diversity. Identifies creative applications of ecological research that mitigate impacts of rapid human population growth and habitat destruction on biodiversity.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 265. Restoration Ecology. 4 Units.

Study of principles and practices that help recover degraded ecosystems including restoration in different ecological systems, restoration motives and intensities, implementation and monitoring, and scope and success of case studies.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 266L. Field Methods in Restoration. 4 Units.

Laboratory experience performing field methods that help recover degraded ecosystems in different ecological systems. Emphasis on the plant community composition, soil, irrigation, maintenance, and monitoring of a project.

ECO EVO 267. Science Communication. 2 Units.

Develops students' abilities to convey information related to conservation and restoration in a way that has broad appeal and/or effective messaging for non-scientific audiences by assessing the audience, developing effective storytelling, and deploying a persuasive information campaign.

Repeatability: May be taken for credit 2 times.

ECO EVO 268. Technical Writing. 2 Units.

Practice developing key documents for restoration projects including a response to a request for proposal (RFP), a restoration project plan, and a monitoring and maintenance plan.

ECO EVO 269. Project Management. 2 Units.

Discover the planning, design, implementation, and aftercare phases of managing a conservation or restoration project. Students will project cost, manage risk, analyze sites, evaluate and review projects, and become familiar with common permitting and consultation requirements.

ECO EVO 272. Plant Diversity in a Changing World. 4 Units.

Investigation of plant diversity in California and throughout the world, including basic systematic concepts, introduction to major groups of flowering plants, and the effects of global biological change on plant diversity. Students carry out a phylogenetic analysis using appropriate software.

Concurrent with BIO SCI E172.

ECO EVO 282. Fundamentals of Informatics for Biologists. 4 Units.

Students learn the fundamentals of bioinformatics and the unix operating system (including the shell and Sun Grid Engine) in order to assemble a eukaryotic genome.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 283. Advanced Informatics for Biologists. 4 Units.

Students learn advanced informatics including the analysis of: Poolseq, RNAseq, ATACseq, and ChiPseq datasets using programs such as bwa, tophat, cufflinks, DEseq, Trinity, Agustus, etc., in a unix high-performance computing environment. Statistical tests carried out and publication quality.

Prerequisite: ECO EVO 282

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 285. Topics in Evolutionary Genetics. 2 Units.

Weekly discussion of recent research on evolutionary genetics.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 286. MCRS Capstone. 4 Units.

Apply knowledge and skills in a practical professional setting, working with practitioners to identify a conservation or management problem and then to plan, implement, and evaluate a solution.

Repeatability: May be taken for credit for 12 units.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 287. Communicating Research Through Video. 4 Units.

Students explore videography to develop basic production skills through practice with high interest special topics, such as laboratory experimental evolution and educational interdisciplinary field events, and then develop media to communicate their own research or other topics of interest.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 288. Documenting Research Through Cinematic Production. 4 Units.

Students gain advanced media expertise by conceptualizing investigative research into publicly engaging video projects. Popularly accessible research topics will be adapted into documentary, television, or cinematic pieces that provide opportunities for developing professionally marketable skills in educationally effective media production.

Prerequisite: ECO EVO 287

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

Restriction: Graduate students only.

ECO EVO 299. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

Individual research or investigation under the direction of an individual faculty.

Grading Option: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

ECO EVO 323. Curriculum and Methods for Elementary School Science. 4 Units.

Prospective elementary teachers learn how to teach science in grades K-8. Covers States science requirements, a variety of teaching methods, criteria for selecting science curriculum materials, and how to plan science lessons, units, experiments, projects, and demonstrations.

Same as EDUC 323.

ECO EVO 341. Teaching Science in Secondary School. 4 Units.

Prospective secondary science teachers learn how to teach science in grades 7-12. Covers State science requirements, a variety of teaching methods, criteria for selecting science curricular materials, and how to plan science lessons, units, experiments, projects, and demonstrations.

Same as EDUC 341.

Restriction: Master of Arts in Teaching Degree students only.

ECO EVO 398. Teaching Assistant Seminar. 2 Units.

Readings, lectures, workshops, and student presentations designed to help develop teaching skills of graduate students teaching university-level biology classes. Topics vary and may include: course organization, presentation styles, exam design, grading, motivating students, and commonly encountered problems.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

ECO EVO 399. University Teaching. 4 Units.

Mandatory course for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Teaching Assistants, required in each quarter in which student has a Teaching Assistant position. Limited to Teaching Assistants.

Repeatability: May be repeated for credit unlimited times.

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