Conservation Biology (BIO/ESS 149)

Spring 2014; Fall 2016: Four credit hours plus optional field credit
Detailed examination of the evolutionary, ecological, management, and policy issues related to the conservation of ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity. Theory and practical aspects of biological conservation are presented, with special reference to case studies from California.

 

Flora of California (BIO/ESS 133/ES 292)

Spring 2015; Spring 2016: Five credit hours
Introduces students to the plant diversity of California and trains students in plant taxonomy. Consists of lectures, discussions, and field trips. Field trips focus on plant identification in coastal, Central Valley, and Sierra Nevada ecosystems and help illustrate concepts presented in lecture such as endemism, plant/soil interactions, and vegetation types.

 

Ecological Genetics (ES/QSB 292)

Fall 2015: Three credit hours
This graduate course reviews theory and experimental methods in quantitative genetics and molecular ecology to infer ecological, evolutionary, and genetic processes. Topic areas include natural selection and biological adaptation, the analysis of quantitative traits, landscape genetics—including estimating gene flow and population size—inferring past processes—from bottlenecks to radiations—and conservation genetics and genomics among other topics.

 

Genetics (BIO 140)

Fall 2017: Four credit hours
A survey course of genetics. Includes concepts of inheritance, structure and function of genes and genomes, recombination, genetic mapping, gene regulation, mutations, recombinant DNA technology including labs and discussions.