College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Looking For Units? Course Offerings for Spring 2010

January 15, 2010

Click on the link below for more information about:
I. ESPM 183: Forest Ecosystem Management
II. ESPM 199: Upper Division Supervised Independent Study and Research Opportunity in Agroecology
III. Building Sustainability at Cal: 2-unit Service-Learning Class Available
IV. The Student Learning Center is Seeking Science Tutors for Spring

ESPM 183: Forest Ecosystem Management
Tu/Th 11:00-12:30pm, Lab F 9:00-12:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Potts (
CCN: 29638

If you are looking to get a better idea on how decisions regarding forest management are initiated and implemented this 4 credit class is for you!

Do you want to understand the:
o science, economics, & policy issues involved in forest management?
o how California's private and public forests are managed?
o impact of Copenhagen & REDD on the management of tropical forests?

The objective of the course is to introduce students to concepts related to the planning, management, and organization of multi-use forest ecosystems for sustainability of ecological, economic, and social values.

ESPM 199: Upper Division Supervised Independent Study and Research Opportunity in Agroecology
Overview: The laboratory of agroecology is seeking 3-5 committed undergraduate students for Spring semester 2010 for independent study in ongoing ecologically based pest management research in California wine grapes. The research is designed to evaluate the influence of floral resource provisioning and landscape complexity on biological control of key insect pests in California vineyards. Students selected for the ESPM 199 will be involved in all field activities, including collecting and processing samples, supporting ongoing laboratory experiments, and weekly discussion of readings in agroecology, sustainable agriculture and ecologically based pest management.

Title of research: Evaluating the Influence of Floral Resource Provisioning on Biological Control of ErythroneuraLeafhoppers (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) and PlanococcusMealy Bugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in California Vineyards.

Summary of research: The project will assess the impact of four flowering ground covers [annual buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia), sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), and common carrot (Daucus carota)] on biological control of Erythroneuraleafhoppers (E. elegantulaand E. variabilis) and vine mealy bug (Planococcusficus) by the parasitoid wasps Anagrus spp.(Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) and Anagyrus pseudococci(Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) in California vineyards. The research includes eight split-block trials in commercial vineyards in Napa and Sonoma County and fully replicated research designs in Lodi and the UC Kearney Agriculture Center in Fresno County. The research will test multiple hypotheses of biological control in vineyards to advance scientific knowledge of cost-effective and ecologically based pest management strategies that meet USDA standards for certified organic production. The study will quantify population-level impacts and analyze the biological mechanisms theorized to be enhanced through Floral Resource Provisioning (FRP). Comparative cost-benefit analyses of FRP and conventional practices will evaluate cost-effectiveness of tested strategies. The project aims to support California producers interested in eliminating pesticide use with new information on ecologically based pest management options for viticulture.

Units and time commitment: Spring semester 2010, 12 hours/week (3-4 units). Opportunities for renewal for summer and fall terms.

Qualifications: Junior or senior standing; GPA of 3.3 or higher; basic entomology class (preferred, but not necessary); prior field/laboratory experience (preferred, but not necessary); interest in graduate studies in agroecology and sustainable farming systems.

Contact information: Please contact Albie Miles by Friday, January 22 for more information and to schedule an interview appointment:

Building Sustainability at Cal: 2-unit Service-Learning Class Available
Need a few extra units? Want to get some hands-on technical experience while giving back to the campus community? Building Sustainability at Cal is seeking motivated and creative students for a 2-unit service-learning class on green buildings and campus operations. Students will work in teams in a building on campus to execute an effective, professional sustainability project, as well as acquire technical training in lighting, waste and water audits. Projects will involve opportunities in design, film, marketing, information systems, education, and more. The class is facilitated by Building Sustainability at Cal coordinators, and supervised by professors Dan Kammen and Bill Berry. It will meet in the afternoons on Mondays and Wednesdays. Enrollment is limited. For more information, please contact Helen Aki at

The Building Sustainability @ Cal Program trains and utilizes students to help reduce the environmental footprint of campus buildings by educating building inhabitants and identifying structural and operational changes that can be made to buildings and campus as a whole. This is accomplished in three ways: 1) facilitating service learning classes; 2) hiring student interns in buildings; and 3) working on campus-wide projects. The classes are run and the program is managed by five program coordinators. These program coordinators work with campus staff and faculty to implement the program.

The Student Learning Center is Seeking Science Tutors for Spring
The Student Learning Center is currently accepting applications from students who are interested in becoming science tutors this spring.

We have openings for tutors on a credit or auditing (no units) basis in the following courses:
Biology 1A, 1B
Chemistry 1A, 3A, 3B
MCB 102
NST 10
Physics 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B
Astro 10

We may have paid tutor openings in the following areas (with course requirements):
G-Chem (Have completed Chem 1A/4A and one other Chem class)
Physics (Have completed 2 semesters of physics, preferably 7A/7B)

We may have paid study group leader openings in the following courses:
Chem 3A

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The latest that we anticipate accepting applications is Friday, January 22nd but some of the positions (especially for pay) will have been filled by then. So turning an application in sooner is advantageous to you.

To apply to be a tutor, download the application using the following link:

This online application contains everything you need to apply to be an SLC tutor, and it should contain answers to most questions. If you have any questions after looking at it, please feel free to email.

-Richard Gibson ()

P.S. Besides the sciences, the SLC is also accepting applications for tutors in mathematics, statistics, writing, and the social sciences. See the for details.