Teaching

Quantitative Methods in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EE207):

This course is designed to cover principles of experimental design and statistical analysis especially appropriate for PhD students in the biological sciences and related fields who have some background in statistics.  Each class will be primarily lecture, but some time will be devoted to “hands-on” instruction in use of statistical software (including R) in the BioSci computer lab.

Evolution and the Environment (E140):

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This course for undergraduates will meet once a week to evaluate a basic topic in ecology and evolutionary biology and the application of that topic to a contemporary problem in agriculture, conservation, public health, or environmental issues. A typical session will feature discussion of one scientific journal article and one reading on applications of the topic, along with a hands-on activity or a short field trip. At the end of the session, a lecture will set the background for the next week’s topic. Students will be taught how to read and evaluate journal articles in this area, with emphasis placed on the analysis of observational and experimental evidence.

Introduction to Field Biology (BioSci 2B):

In this freshman seminar, we explore how biologists form and test hypotheses in natural settings. The class includes afternoon field trips to coastal sage scrub habitat in the UCI Ecological Preserve, wetlands habitat along San Diego creek, and the rocky intertidal of Little Corona del Mar Beach. On each field trip students learn about the common organisms. Then we together formulate hypotheses about distribution, behavior, or other aspects of ecology or evolution. Finally, we discuss how to test these hypotheses using observational and experimental methods.

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