This course focuses on the ecology and conservation of fishes in a variety of North American aquatic habitats, and the physical, biological, and human-related factors that influence their distribution and abundance. Students learn important themes of basic and applied ecology, including strategies for conserving freshwater resources and biota. Communication skills are emphasized, and a scientific paper is required (ESPM C115C / IB C176L, 3 units).
Freshwater Ecology (Spring Semesters, co-taught with Mary Power)
This graduate course includes formal lectures and discussion, with the overall goal of exposing students to general concepts in freshwater ecology. We discuss a broad range of topics including freshwater environments and biota, natural selection and adaptive evolution, food webs and chains, cross-ecosystem linkages, and ecological versus societal demands for freshwater. Upper division undergraduates are welcome with permission of the instructors. Communication skills are emphasized, and an oral presentation and scientific proposal are required (ESPM C216 / IB C216, 3 units).
Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands (Beginning Fall 2013, co-taught with Mishler, Roderick, Resh, and Stillman)
This undergraduate field course is set on the island of Mo'orea in French Polynesia. Students will be exposed to fundamentals of field research, receive hands-on training in field research methods, and gain practical experience in designing and completing an independent research project (ESPM C 107 / IB 158LF, 13 units).
Seminar on Wildlife, Fisheries & Conservation Biology (Fall and Spring Semesters, shared responsibility with Barrett, Beissinger, and Brashares)
Seminars cover a broad range of topics in vertebrate ecology and conservation, often with an eye towards improved mangement and conservation of natural resources. This course is a 1 unit per semester, pass/no pass class that meets once per week (ESPM 198 / 298, 1 unit).
Aquatic Ecology Seminar (Spring 2009, ESPM 290, 1 unit)
DeCal on Strawberry Creek Restoration (Spring 2011, ESPM 98 /198, 1-2 units)