Environmental Sciences Berkeley


Teaching Team


Patina Mendez, Ph. D.

Website: www.patinamendez.com
229 Mulford, Office hours: M & W, 9:30-11:30 am

Biography and Interests

I am an aquatic ecologist studying life history, community ecology, and evolutionary history in benthic macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects and other bottom-dwelling freshwater fauna). My research examines how physical and environmental habitat variability affects the growth and phenological timing of life stages of aquatic insects and how the life history traits of ecological communities are reflective of the physical habitat. I also work on evolutionary biology of Trichoptera (caddisflies) and have a strong interest in coordinating collaborative web resources for scientists.

I received my Ph. D. from the Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from the University of California Berkeley in 2007 and researched as a University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Minnesota Insect Collection from 2007-2009. My undergraduate degrees are in Zoology (B.S.) and Studio Art (B.A.) from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2009, I have taught ESPM 175: Senior Seminar in Environmental Sciences. At UC Berkeley, I have also have taught courses in General Biology, the Biology of Aquatic Insects, and the junior-level senior thesis prerequisite course ESPM100ES: Introduction to the Research Methods in Environmental Science.

Kurt Spreyer, Ph. D.

229 Mulford, Office hours: Tu & Th, 3-5 pm

Biography and Interests

I am an environmental historian. My work addresses the intersection of identity, capital, ecology, and governance in the development of natural resource industries and the creation of cultural landscapes of the American West during the late 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to my specialized training in environmental history, I approach issues of social and environmental justice by drawing on a range of scholarly discourses, including political ecology, economic geography, anthropology, sociology, western philosophy and ethics, and ecology. My dissertation, “Tales from the Understory: Labor, Resource Control, and Identity in Western Washington’s Floral Greens Industry,” is a study of the wild-harvested plant industry in Mason County, Washington since the early 20th century. I examine how histories of forest management, policy and tenure regimes have shaped labor, race and class relations as the regional floral greens industry expanded to become the worlds largest supplier of greenery for the global floral products industry.

I received my B.A. in Early Modern European History and Anthropology from Hampshire College in 1989, my M.A. in Late Modern European History at UC Berkeley in 1996, and my Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management in the Division of Society and Environment at UC Berkeley in 2004. Since 2005, I have taught Environmental Science Policy and Management 50AC – Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management – at UC Berkeley. I have also taught at Mills College and in the University Extension Fall Program for Freshmen.

Graduate Student Instructors

Anne Murray

33 Hilgard, Office hours: M & Tu, 2:30-4:30 pm

Joseph Kantenbacher

229 Mulford, Office hours: Tu & W, 2-4 pm




Past Instructors

Past Graduate Student Instructors