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Courses in Population Biology (PBG)

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200A. Principles of Population Biology (5)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: course 231 concurrently and consent of instructor. Principles of single-species ecology and evolution. Topics include ecology of individuals, population growth models, structured populations, life history strategies, stochastic populations, basic population genetics theory, deleterious alleles in natural popula­tions, and molecular population genetics.—F. (F.)

200B. Principles of Population Biology (6)

Lecture—5 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 200A, 231. Principles of multi-species communities. Topics include competition, mutualism, metapopulations, food webs and trophic cascades, interactions between simple ecological communities, island biogeography, succession, and large-scale patterns.—W. (W.)

200C. Principles of Population Biology (6)

Lecture—5 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 200B. Principles of microevolution and macroevolution. Topics include evolutionary quantitative genetics, analysis of hybrid zones, speciation, the fossil record, biogeography, and phylogeny reconstruction.—S. (S.)

203. Advanced Evolution (3)

Lecture—1 hour; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Adaptation and speciation, and biochemical and morphological evolution in plants and animals with emphasis on the appropriateness of different methods of analysis. Offered in alternate years.

206. Ecology of Insect Parasitoids (4)

Lecture—3 hours; seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: introductory animal ecology or behavior. Insect parasitoids will be investigated as model systems to address current topics in behavioral, population, and evolutionary ecology. Theory will be synthesized and critical empirical tests of ecological hypotheses emphasized. Offered in alternate years.

207. Plant Population Biology (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory/discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: advanced undergraduate ecology course (e.g., Environmental Science and Policy 100, Evolution and Ecology 101, Entomology 104, Plant Biology 117), and advanced undergraduate course in genetics and/or evolution (e.g., Biological Sciences 101 or Evolution and Ecology 100). Introduction to theoretical and empirical research in plant population biology. Emphasis placed on linking ecological and genetic approaches to plant population biology. (Same course as Ecology 207.) Offered in alternate years.—W. (W.)

212. Topics in Invertebrate Evolution (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor and Evolution and Ecology 112-112L; courses in evolutionary biology, systematics, and ecology highly recommended. Advanced seminar that critically examines problems relevant to evolutionary patterns among the invertebrates. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (S/U grading only.)—(S.) Grosberg

221. Animal Behavior, Ecology and Evolution (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 102, Evolution and Ecology 100, 101 or the equivalent, graduate standing, and consent of instructor.Interface between animal behavior, ecology and evolution. New developments in behavioral ecology and development and testing of hypotheses in this discipline. (Same course as Animal Behavior 221.)

224. Field Reconnaissance for Population Biologists (2)

Fieldwork—6 hours. Prerequisite: graduate student in Population Biology, or consent of instructor. Biweekly field trips to acquaint students with plant and animal communities, biodiversity, and ecological and evolutionary research opportunities in northern and central California. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

225. Terrestrial Field Ecology (4)

Seminar—1 hour; field work—12 hours. Prerequisite: 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 Ecology/Entomology 225.)—S. (S.) Karban

231. Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Mathematics 16C or 21C 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 Ecology 231.)—F. (F.) Hastings

233. Computational Methods in Population Biology (3)

Lecture/laboratory—2 hours; discussion/laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: a course in theoretical ecology (e.g., Ecology 231 or an equivalent to Environmental Science and Policy 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 Ecology 233.) (S/U grading only.) Offered in alternate years.—(W.) Baskett, Schreiber

250A. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Biological Invasions (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. An integrative consideration of biological invasions, including an overview of concepts from ecology, ecological theory, evolution, genetics, philosophy, and other areas. Emphasis on potential contributions of each area for interdisciplinary problem solving.—S (S.) 

250B. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Biological Invasions (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. An integrative consideration of biological invasions, including an overview of concepts from history, sociology, communications, law, policy, management, and other areas. Emphasis on potential contributions of each area for interdisciplinary problem solving.—W. (W.) 

251. Collaborative Project in Biological Invasions (3)

Project; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 250A, 250B, or equivalent; and consent of instructor. A year-long interdisciplinary collaborative project focusing on biological invasions, resulting in a paper or other suitable product presented at a symposium at the conclusion of the project. May be repeated up to five times. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

270. Research Conference in Evolutionary Biology (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Critical presentation and evaluation of current literature and ongoing research in evolutionary biology. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

271. Research Conference in Ecology (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: 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. (S/U grading only.)—W. (W.) Schoener, Schreiber

287. Advanced Animal Behavior (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor, courses in animal behavior (Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 102 or the equivalent), and either evolution (Evolution and Ecology 100 or the equivalent) or ecology (Evolution and Ecology 101 or the equivalent). Reading, reports and discussion on current topics in animal behavior, with a focus on topics that lie at the interface between animal behavior, ecology and evolution. (Same course as Animal Behavior 287.) May be repeated two times for credit.

290. Seminar (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Seminars presented by visiting lecturers, UC Davis graduate students and faculty. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

290C. Research Conference in Population Biology (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor; concurrent enrollment in course 299. Presentation and discussion of faculty and graduate student research in population biology. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

292. Topics in Ecology and Evolution (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Seminar presented by visiting lecturers, UC Davis faculty and graduate students. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as Ecology 296.) (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

296. Seminar in Geographical Ecology (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: Evolution and Ecology 100 or 101 or consent of instructor. Recent developments in theoretical and experimental biogeography, historical biogeography and related themes in systematics, the biology of colonizing species, and related topics. (Same course as Geography 214.)(S/U grading only.)—S. (S.) Shapiro

298. Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

299. Research (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

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