Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM)

Courses

ESPM 2 The Biosphere 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An introduction to the unifying principles and fundamental concepts underlying our scientific understanding of the biosphere. Topics covered include the physical life support system on earth; nutrient cycles and factors regulating the chemical composition of water, air, and soil; the architecture and physiology of life; population biology and community ecology; human dependence on the biosphere; and the magnitude and consequences of human interventions
in the biosphere.
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ESPM 3 The Political Ecologies of Spain and California in Comparative Perspective 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course introduces a political dimension to the study of ecology by exploring questions such as the political causes and effects of environmental policymaking and the unequal impact of environmental issues on different social, economic, cultural, or political groups among others.

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ESPM 6 Environmental Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Basic biological and ecological principles discussed in relation to environmental disruptions. Human interactions with the environment; their meaning for animals and plants. Discussion of basic ecological processes as a basis for understanding environmental problems and formulating strategies for their solution.

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ESPM 9 Environmental Science Case Study Seminar 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
Utilizing a field intensive seminar format, the course will introduce lower division students to the process of addressing real environmental problems. Through a progression of case studies, students will explore a spectrum of research design and implementation approaches. By the end of the semester, they will be able to frame a researchable question, design a protocol for gathering relevant information, analyze the information, and derive
an objective conclusion. Throughout the semester, students will present case study results in oral and written form.
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ESPM C10 Environmental Issues 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Relationship between human society and the natural environment; case studies of ecosystem maintenance and disruption. Issues of economic development, population, energy, resources, technology, and alternative systems.

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ESPM C11 Americans and the Global Forest 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course challenges students to think about how individual and American consumer decisions affect forest ecosystems around the world. A survey course that highlights the consequences of different ways of thinking about the forest as a global ecosystem and as a source of goods like trees, water, wildlife, food, jobs, and services. The scientific tools and concepts that have guided management of the forest for the last 100 years, and the
laws, rules, and informal institutions that have shaped use of the forests, are analyzed.
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ESPM C12 Introduction to Environmental Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This integrative course, taught by a humanities professor and a science professor, surveys current global environmental issues; introduces the basic intellectual tools of environmental science; investigates ways the human relationship to nature has been imagined in literary and philosophical traditions; and examines how tools of scientific and literary analysis; scientific method, and imaginative thinking can clarify what is at stake in environmental
issues and ecological citizenship.
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ESPM 15 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Introduction to the science underlying biological and physical environmental problems, including water and air quality, global change, energy, ecosystem services, introduced and endangered species, water supply, solid waste, human population, and interaction of technical, social, and political approaches to environmental management.

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ESPM 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics may vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to fifteen freshman.

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ESPM 39E Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

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ESPM 40 Insects and Human Society 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Fall 2015
An introduction to the diversity and natural history of insects in natural and human environments. The course examines the wonder of insects, their interactions with the living world, and their contributions to and impacts on human society.

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ESPM 42 Natural History of Insects 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
An outline of the main facts and principles of biology as illustrated by insects, with special emphasis on their relations to plants and animals, including humans.

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ESPM 44 Biological Control 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Regulation of populations of organisms, especially insects, through interactions with parasites, predators, pathogens, competitors. Discussion of examples from agricultural, forest, urban, and recreational environments.

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ESPM C46 Climate Change and the Future of California 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
Introduction to California geography, environment, and society, past and future climates, and the potential impacts of 21st-century climate change on ecosystems and human well-being. Topics include fundamentals of climate science and the carbon cycle; relationships between human and natural systems, including water supplies, agriculture, public health, and biodiversity; and the science, law, and politics of possible solutions that can reduce the magnitude and impacts
of climate change.
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ESPM 50AC Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
An introduction to how culture affects the way we use and manage fire, wildland and urban forests, rangelands, parks and preserves, and croplands in America. The basic concepts and tools for evaluating the role of culture in resource use and management are introduced and used to examine the experience of American cultural groups in the development and management of western natural resources.

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ESPM 60 Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to U.S. environmental policy process focuses on history and evolution of political institutions, importance of property, federal and state roles in decision making, and challenges of environmental policy. Emphasis is on use of science in decision making, choices between regulations and incentives, and role of bureaucracy in resource policy. Case studies on natural resource management, risk management, environmental regulation, and
environmental justice.
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ESPM 72 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Introduction to computer systems, data processing software for natural resources studies. Components of geographic information systems; concepts of surveying, mapping, and remote sensing as data sources; various methods of data processing and analysis including classification, map overlay, buffer analysis, topographic modeling, spatial interpolation, and map design with a GIS. Intensive hands-on
practices with relevant computer software packages.
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ESPM 78A Teaching and Learning Environmental Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
Introduces theories of cognitive development and the practices of curriculum design and lesson presentation for environmental education. Ecology and natural resource management provide the context of curriculum development. Students create lesson plans integrating core concepts and their knowledge of local environmental issues. Lessons are presented to Bay Area K-12 students in field and classroom settings.

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ESPM 88A Exploring Geospatial Data 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
From interactive web maps to spatial data analysis, digital geographic data and information are becoming an important part of the data science landscape. Almost everything happens somewhere that can be mapped on the surface of the earth. In many cases the where matters as much to an analysis as the what and the why. Geospatial data analysis allows a researcher to consider location explicitly. This course provides an introduction to working with digital
geographic data, or geospatial data. We will explore concepts of geospatial data representation, methods for acquisition, processing and analysis, and techniques for creating compelling geovisualizations. No prior knowledge is assumed or expected.


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ESPM 88B Data Sciences in Ecology and the Environment 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
Many of the greatest challenges we face today come from understanding and interacting with the natural world: from global climate change to the sudden collapse of fisheries and forests, from the spread of disease and invasive species to the unknown wealth of medical, cultural, and technological value we derive from nature. Advances in satellites and micro­sensors, computation, informatics and the Internet have made available unprecedented amounts of data about the
natural world, and with it, new challenges of sifting, processing and synthesizing large and diverse sources of information. In this course, students will apply methods and understanding they gain in the Foundations course to real­world ecological and environmental data
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ESPM 90 Introduction to Conservation and Resource Studies Major 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Introduction to the major, emphasizing each student's educational goals. Overview of ecological problems and contrasting approaches to solutions through institutional and community-based efforts. Required of all CRS sophomore majors and all entering off-campus transfer students to CRS major. Restricted to CRS majors. One field trip is normally required.

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ESPM 98 Directed Group Study in ESPM 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Study of special topics that are not covered in depth in regular courses in the department.

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ESPM 98BC Berkeley Connect 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.
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ESPM 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Supervised independent study or research on topics relevant to department that are not covered in depth by other courses. Open to students in good standing who, in consultation with a faculty sponsor, present a proposal with clearly formulated objectives and means of implementation. Intended for exceptional students.

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ESPM 100 Environmental Problem Solving 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Analysis of contrasting approaches to understanding and solving environmental and resource management problems. Case studies and hands-on problem solving that integrate concepts, principles, and practices from physical, biological, social, and economic disciplines. Their use in environmental policies and resource and management plans.

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ESPM 100ES Introduction to the Methods of Environmental Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to basic methods used in environmental research by biological, physical, and social scientists; designed to teach skills necessary to conduct independent thesis research in the required senior seminar, 196A-196B/196L. Topics include development of research questions, sampling methods, experimental design, statistical analysis, scientific writing and graphics, and introductions to special techniques for characterizing environmental
conditions and features. This course is the prerequisite to 196A.
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ESPM 102A Terrestrial Resource Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
Provides a foundation in terrestrial ecology. Organized around five topics: environmental biophysics, ecosystem carbon balance, ecophysiology, population ecology, community ecology. Examines how each contributes to understanding of distribution and abundance of organisms in biosphere. Laboratory exercises, a mandatory weekend field trip, and a group research project provide opportunities to explore questions in depth. Emphasis on building quantitative
understanding of ecological phenomena.
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ESPM 102B Natural Resource Sampling 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed to introduce students to the major sampling systems used in natural resources and ecology. It also introduces students to important sampling and measurement concepts in grassland, forest, wildlife, insect, soil, and water resources. May be taken without laboratory course 102BL.

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ESPM 102BL Laboratory in Natural Resource Sampling 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This laboratory course is designed to introduce students to the major sampling systems used in natural resources and ecology. Field data is collected with various important sampling designs and analyzed. Mean values and confidence intervals are constructed from the data collected in this course. This course must be taken in conjunction with lecture course 102B.

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ESPM 102C Resource Management 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Presents concept and practical approaches to public and private natural resource management decision making. The focus is on goals, criteria, data, models, and technology for quantifying and communicating the consequences of planning options. A range of contemporary air, soil, wetland, rangeland, forest, social, economic, and ecosystem management problems is addressed.

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ESPM 102D Climate and Energy Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This intermediate level course engages with both the politics and the design of climate and clean energy policy, with a focus on the United States. Key themes include political strategies to climate change, the choice of policy instruments, the role of various state actors and interest groups in policy making, the interaction of policy and low-carbon technology markets, and the US and global politics. The course combines the study of analytical
concepts with in-depth case studies.
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ESPM C103 Principles of Conservation Biology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
A survey of the principles and practices of conservation biology. Factors that affect the creation, destruction, and distribution of biological diversity at the level of the gene, species, and ecosystem are examined. Tools and management options derived from ecology and evolutionary biology that can recover or prevent the loss of biological diversity are explored.

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ESPM C104 Modeling and Management of Biological Resources 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Models of population growth, chaos, life tables, and Leslie matrix theory. Harvesting and exploitation theory. Methods for analyzing population interactions, predation, competition. Fisheries, forest stands, and insect pest management. Genetic aspects of population management. Mathematical theory based on simple difference and ordinary differential equations. Use of simulation packages on microcomputers
(previous experience with computers not required).
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ESPM 105A Sierra Nevada Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Introduction to silvicultural theory, forest operations, and utilization and manufacture of forest products. Evaluation of silviculture for managing forest stands for multiple objectives including regeneration, stand density control, forest growth, genetic improvement, and prescribed burning. Introduction to harvest and access systems, wood structure and quality, and manufacture of forest product.
Field trips and lectures to local areas illustrating different approaches to forest problems.
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ESPM 105B Forest Measurements 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
This course teaches students how to use common forestry tools, maps, and various sampling methods to collect information about the forest environment. Thirty percent of the time is spent in the classroom learning about the techniques and working up field data. The remaining time is spent in the field applying these techniques in real world settings. Skills taught will include tree and plot measurement
procedures, map reading, and simple field orienteering principles.
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ESPM 105C Silviculture and Utilization 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Introduction to silvicultural theory, forest operations, and utilization and manufacture of forest products. Evaluation of silviculture for managing forest stands for multiple objectives including regeneration, stand density control, forest growth, genetic improvement, and prescribed burning. Introduction to harvest and access systems, wood structure and quality, and manufacture of forest product.
Field trips and lectures to local areas illustrating different approaches to forest problems.
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ESPM C105 Natural History Museums and Biodiversity Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
(1) survey of museum resources, including strategies for accession, conservation, collecting and acquiring material, administration, and policies; (2) strategies for making collections digitally available (digitization, databasing, georeferencing, mapping); (3) tools and approaches for examining historical specimens (genomics, isotopes, ecology, morphology, etc); and (4) data integration and inference. The final third of the course will
involve individual projects within a given museum.
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ESPM 105D Forest Management and Assessment 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Develop skills in evaluating forests and developing management strategies to meet ownership objectives. Develop integrated forest management plan for 160 acre parcel. During first week, inventory and assess ecological condition of the assigned parcel. During second week, develop comprehensive integrated forest resource plan, integrating water, wood, wildlife, range, fisheries, and recreation.
Oral reports in both an office and field setting required and written management plan.
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ESPM 106 American Wildlife: Identification and Conservation 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
Identification and life histories of wildlife in North America, with emphasis on species with important ecological and recreational value. The conservation of rare and endangered species is highlighted.

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ESPM C107 Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands 13 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Natural history and evolutionary biology of island terrestrial and freshwater organisms, and of marine organisms in the coral reef and lagoon systems will be studied, and the geomorphology of volcanic islands, coral reefs, and reef islands will be discussed. Features of island biogeography will be illustrated with topics linked to subsequent field studies on the island of Moorea (French Polynesia).

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ESPM 108A Trees: Taxonomy, Growth, and Structures 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Study of trees and associated woody species including their taxonomy and distribution, modes of shoot growth and diameter growth, and stem structure. Modes of stem structure and growth will be considered in relation to habitat and life cycles, and to suitability for timber value. Instruction in oral communication. Oral presentation required.

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ESPM 108B Environmental Change Genetics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course will examine the consequences of environmental change on the levels and distribution of genetic diversity within species. Students will be introduced to methods of analysis and their application to organisms from a range of ecosystems. The fate of populations under rapid environmental change will be assessed in the light of dispersal and adaptation (genetic and epigenetic) potential. Students will learn to use population genetics freeware
to evaluate molecular data.
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ESPM 110 Primate Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2008
This course examines the comparative ecology of sympatric primate species in forests of Central and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. In addition to primate ecology, students will master comparative information on the three main tropical forest regions of the world and examine the impact of selective logging on primate densities and diversities in each area.

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ESPM 111 Ecosystem Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course will develop principles of ecosystems ecology, emphasizing terrestrial ecosystems, and will consider how these principles apply to ecosystem recovery and to regional and global fluxes of carbon and nutrients.

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ESPM 112 Microbial Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to the ecology of microorganisms. Topics include the ecology and evolution of microbes and their relationship with each other and the environment. The role and function of microbes in several ecosystems is also discussed.

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ESPM 112L Microbial Ecology Lab 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Laboratory introduction to the ecology of microorganisms. Topics include the ecology and evolution of microbes and their relationship with each other and the environment. The role and function of microbes in several ecosystems is also discussed.

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ESPM 113 Insect Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Ecology of insects: interactions with the physical environment; structure and functioning of insect populations and communities; behavioral ecology of predator-prey interactions; plant-insect interactions; social insects; pollination biology; applied insect ecology.

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ESPM 114 Wildlife Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to wildlife ecology and its relationship to management programs. Includes population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization, followed by selected case studies.

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ESPM 115B Biology of Aquatic Insects 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2009, Spring 2009
Identification and ecology of aquatic insects, including their role as indicators of environmental quality.

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ESPM 115C Fish Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Introduction to fish ecology, with particular emphasis on the identification and ecology of California's inland fishes. This course will expose students to the diversity of fishes found in California, emphasizing the physical (e.g., temperature, flow), biotic (e.g., predation, competition), and human-related (e.g., dams, fisheries) factors that affect the distribution, diversity, and abundance of these fishes.

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ESPM C115A Freshwater Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
Lakes, rivers, wetlands, and estuaries are biologically rich, dynamic, and among the most vital and the most vulnerable of Earth’s ecosystems. Lectures will introduce general topics including the natural history of freshwater biota and habitats, ecological interactions, and ecosystem linkages and dynamics. Broad principles will be illustrated with results from selected recent research publications. Factors affecting resilience or vulnerability of freshwater ecosystems
to change will be examined. Course requirements: two exams and a short synthesis paper projecting the future states of a freshwater or estuarine ecosystem of the student's choice under plausible scenarios of local, regional, or global change.
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ESPM C115C Fish Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Fall 2013
Introduction to fish ecology, with particular emphasis on the identification and ecology of California's inland fishes. This course will expose students to the diversity of fishes found in California, emphasizing the physical (e.g., temperature, flow), biotic (e.g., predation, competition), and human-related (e.g., dams, fisheries) factors that affect the distribution, diversity, and abundance of these fishes.

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ESPM 116B Range Ecology, Improvements, and Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2010, Spring 2006
The ecological basis for range management activities, considered in the context of western range ecosystem types. Specific range improvement and range management practices are discussed in the context of ecosystem processes.

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ESPM 116C Tropical Forest Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
Introduction to the ecology of terrestrial tropical ecosystems, with particular emphasis on neotropical forests. Explores unique aspects of tropical ecosystems, especially nutrient cycles, net primary productivity, biological diversity, forest structure and dynamics, disturbance ecology, and the natural history of key forest organisms. Basic ecology is integrated with discussion of human disturbances, restoration of tropical ecosystems, and
the global importance of tropical forests.
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ESPM 117 Urban Garden Ecosystems 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
An ecosystem approach to the study of urban gardens with an organic perspective. Topics include fundamentals of horticulture, soil properties and fertility, pest and disease management, and food perservation. Laboratories include methods in garden design, plant propagation, compost technique, soil preparation, irrigation systems, pest management, individual or group projects, demonstrations, and discussions.
Enrollment may be limited.
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ESPM 118 Agricultural Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Examines in a holistic framework fundamental biological, technical, socio-economic, and political processes that govern agroecosystem productivity and stability. Management techniques and farming systems' designs that sustain longterm production are emphasized. One Saturday field trip and one optional field trip.

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ESPM 119 Chemical Ecology 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Plant toxins and their effects on animals, hormonal interactions between plants and animals, feeding preferences, animal pheromones, and defense substances, biochemical interactions between higher plants, and phytoalexins and phytotoxins.

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ESPM 120 Soil Characteristics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Introduction to physical, engineering, chemical, and biological properties of soil; methods of soil description, identification, geographic distribution and uses; the role of soil in supplying water and nutrients to plants; and soil organisms. Soil management for agriculture, forestry, and urban uses will also be discussed. Includes a Saturday field trip.

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ESPM 121 Development and Classification of Soils 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2009, Spring 2006
Development, morphology, and classification of soils as related to geology, environmental factors, and time. Soils as functioning parts of ecosystems; use of soils in archeological and paleoclimatic studies; anthropogenic effects on soil ecosystems.

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ESPM 122 Field Study of Soil Development 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2009, Spring 2006
Five day-long Saturday field trips to locations in central California. The field study of soil development and morphology. Methods of soil morphological descriptions; study of factors controlling soil development; relationship of soil morphology to land use; quaternary geology of central California; use of soils in dating landscapes.

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ESPM C126 Animal Behavior 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An introduction to comparative animal behavior and behavioral physiology in an evolutionary context, including but not limited to analysis of behavior, genetics and development, learning, aggression, reproduction, adaptiveness, and physiological substrates.

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ESPM C128 Chemistry of Soils 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Chemical mechanisms of reactions controlling the fate and mobility of nutrients and pollutants in soils. Role of soil minerals and humus in geochemical pathways of nutrient biovailability and pollutant detoxification. Chemical modeling of nutrient and pollutant soil chemistry. Applications to soil acidity and salinity.

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ESPM C129 Biometeorology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
This course describes how the physical environment (light, wind, temperature, humidity) of plants and soil affects the physiological status of plants and how plants affect their physical environment. Using experimental data and theory, it examines physical, biological, and chemical processes affecting transfer of momentum, energy, and material (water, CO2, atmospheric trace gases) between vegetation and the atmosphere. Plant biometeorology instrumentation
and measurements are also discussed.
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ESPM C130 Terrestrial Hydrology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2005
A quantitative introduction to the hydrology of the terrestrial environment including lower atmosphere, watersheds, lakes, and streams. All aspects of the hydrologic cycle, including precipitation, infiltration, evapotranspiration, overland flow, streamflow, and groundwater flow. Chemistry and dating of groundwater and surface water. Development of quantitative insights through problem solving and use of simple models. This course
requires one field experiment and several group computer lab assignments.
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ESPM 131 Soil Microbial Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to the organisms that live in the soil and their activities in the soil ecosystem. Lectures will cover the physical and chemical properties of soils and the soil as a habitat for microorganisms, the diversity and ecology of soil microorganisms, and their activity in the context of biogeochemical cycling, plant-microbe interactions, global environmental change and bioremediation. Goals: To gain fundamental knowledge of the occurrence
and activities of soil microorganisms and their influence on soil productivity and environmental quality as well as potential applications of soil microbiology.
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ESPM 132 Spider Biology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Covers topics ranging from mythological ideas about spiders and their importance in traditional cultures and folklore, to diversity patterns, ecology, behavior, and general biology of spiders. In the laboratory section, students learn to identify local spiders and to prepare a collection.

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ESPM C133 Water Resources and the Environment 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
Distribution, dynamics, and use of water resources in the global environment. Water scarcity, water rights, and water wars. The terrestrial hydrologic cycle. Contemporary environmental issues in water resource management, including droughts, floods, saltwater intrusion, water contamination and remediation, river restoration, hydraulic fracturing, dams, and engineering of waterways. The role of water in ecosystem processes and geomorphology. How water resources are
measured and monitored. Basic water resource calculations. Effects of climate change on water quantity, quality, and timing.
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ESPM 134 Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Study of the influence of fire, insects, and diseases on species diversity, succession, and the survival of North American forests including the evolution of these interactions due to modern human policies of preservation and management and exploitation.

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ESPM 137 Landscape Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course will cover broad topics in landscape ecology with the goal of answering the core questions of how patterns develop on landscapes, how these patterns relate to biotic and abiotic processes, and how these patterns and processes change through time. Lab exercises will focus on practical aspects of landscape ecological analysis using modern tools like remote sensing, GIS, population modeling, and landscape genetics.

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ESPM C138 Introduction to Comparative Virology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will provide a comparative overview of virus life cycles and strategies viruses use to infect and replicate in hosts. We will discuss virus structure and classification and the molecular basis of viral reproduction, evolution, assembly, and virus-host interactions. Common features used during virus replication and host cellular responses to infection will be covered. Topics also included are common and emerging virus diseases
, their control, and factors affecting their spread.
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ESPM 139 THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE SELF: AN ECO PRACTICUM 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This course will provide a practical exploration of how to engage effectively with contemporary environmental issues using discussion of scientific and philosophical texts, activities, and group work. We will evaluate how different worldviews influence how humans relate to the natural world and how our own worldview shapes our way of engaging in environmental problem solving.

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ESPM 140 General Entomology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Biology of insects, including classification of orders and common families, morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology.

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ESPM 141 Development of Taxonomic Identification Keys and Natural Language Descriptions 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Tools for identification of organisms to species or higher-level taxonomic groups are critically needed. This course will allow students to learn both the theoretical basis of and practical skills for building traditional dichotomous keys and various types of interactive keys. Emphasis will be on learning to build a web-based interactive key and developing natural language descriptions through students' individual projects. Students can train on the Microptics Digital
XLT imaging system and learn to use Lucid and Lucid Phoenix software. Other Internet identification tools will also be surveyed and discussed. Each student will produce an online key as a project.
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ESPM 142 Insect Behavior 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Insects display an incredibly rich array of behaviors, including extravagant displays, rituals, deception, sociality, and slavery. In some cases, these behaviors are innate, but in other cases individual insects can actively learn and modify their future behaviors based on real-life experiences. This course will focus on the development, structure, and function of insect behaviors, using examples from classic and recent publications. We will examine
the evolution of insect behavior, how these behaviors play a role in the ecology of the organisms that express them, and explore various modes of communication that allow insects to judge their environment and respond appropriately.
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ESPM 144 Insect Physiology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A survey of the unique physiological mechanisms of insects, including the analysis of physiological systems at the cellular-molecular level. The roles of the nervous and endocrine systems in coordinating physiological processes are emphasized.

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ESPM 146L Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2005, Spring 2003, Spring 2001
Laboratory identification of the major arthropod vectors of disease agents to humans and other animals, and study of the structural adaptations associated with free-living and parasitic stages and with blood feeding.

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ESPM 147 Field Entomology 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course introduces methods and techniques for collection and preparation of specimens and associated biological data, field observation, and recording and interpretation of arthropod behavior, relationships to habitats, and plant-arthropod interactions.

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ESPM C148 Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Chemical composition of pesticides and related compounds, their mode of action, resistance mechanisms, and methods of evaluating their safety and activity.

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ESPM C149 Molecular Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2008, Spring 2005
This course focuses on the use of molecular genetic information in ecology. Applications and techniques covered range from analysis of parentage and relatedness (DNA fingerprinting and multilocus genetic analysis) through gene flow, biogeographic history and community composition (comparative DNA sequencing) to analysis of diet and trophic interactions (biological isotopes). Grades are based on one final exam, problem sheets, and a critique
of a recent research paper.
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ESPM 150 Special Topics in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Special topics in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Topics may vary from semester to semester.

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ESPM 151 Society, Environment, and Culture 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Issues, concepts, and processes pertaining to the diverse approaches to understanding the relationship between human society, culture, and the environment. Core ideas in and approaches to science, nature, culture, feminism, indigeneity, and postcolonialism as they pertain to the environment and society. Critical analysis and discussion of fundamental and contemporary issues and texts in the field.

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ESPM 152 Global Change Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
The course will focus on understanding how anthropogenic changes to the global environment (e.g., climate change, habitat destruction, global trade) impact organisms. We will evaluate responses to global change in a wide diversity of organisms (from microbes to mammals) and ecosystems (from arctic to temperate to tropical). We will also explore conservation and mitigation strategies in the face of global change. Discussions will draw on recent
primary research and case studies.
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ESPM 155AC Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
Sociology and political ecology of agro-food systems; explores the nexus of agriculture, society, the environment; analysis of agro-food systems and social and environmental movements; examination of alternative agricultural initiatives--(i.e. fair trade, food justice/food sovereignty, organic farming, urban agriculture).

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ESPM C156 Animal Communication 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
Communication is central to the lives of most, if not all animals. How and why animals communicate is thus central to understanding the ecology, behavior, neurobiology, and evolution of animal systems. This course will focus on understanding the basic principles driving the communication system of a species, drawing together topics ranging from the physical properties of the environment, physiology of sensory systems, animal behavior and ecology, using examples
from classic and recent publications.
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ESPM 157 Data Science in Global Change Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Many of the greatest challenges we face today come from understanding and interacting with the natural world: from global climate change to the sudden collapse of fisheries and forests, from the spread of disease and invasive species to the unknown wealth of medical, cultural, and technological value we derive from nature. Advances in satellites and micro-sensors, computation, informatics and the Internet have made available unprecedented amounts of data about the natural
world, and with it, new challenges of sifting, processing and synthesizing large and diverse sources of information. In this course, students will learn and apply fundamental computing, statistics and modeling concepts to a series of real-world ecological and environment
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ESPM 158 Biodiversity Conservation in Working Landscapes 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Most of the world's lands and seas occur outside of protected ares, so this course examines biodiversity conservation in "working landscapes" like farms, ranches, and urban areas. Students will study fundamental concepts in ecology and conservation biology, and evaluate case studies to assess how conservation approaches have evolved and which are working. Students will gain skills in evaluating and summarizing scientific literature
, and in-depth knowledge of conservation in practice.
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ESPM C159 Human Diet 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Since we eat every day, wouldn't it be useful to learn more about human dietary practices? A broad overview of the complex interrelationship between humans and their foods. Topics include the human dietary niche, biological variation related to diet, diet and disease, domestication of staple crops, food processing techniques and development of regional cuisines, modern diets and their problems, food taboos, human attitudes toward foods, and
dietary politics.
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ESPM 160AC American Environmental and Cultural History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
History of the American environment and the ways in which different cultural groups have perceived, used, managed, and conserved it from colonial times to the present. Cultures include American Indians and European and African Americans. Natural resources development includes gathering-hunting-fishing; farming, mining, ranching, forestry, and urbanization. Changes in attitudes and behaviors toward nature and past and present conservation
and environmental movements are also examined.
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ESPM 161 Environmental Philosophy and Ethics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A critical analysis of human environments as physical, social-economic, and technocultural ecosystems with emphasis on the role of ideologies, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. An examination of contemporary environmental literature and the philosophies embodied therein.

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ESPM 162 Bioethics and Society 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Exploration of the ethical dilemmas arising from recent advances in the biological sciences: genetic engineering, sociobiology, health care delivery, behavior modification, patients' rights, social or private control of research.

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ESPM 163AC Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015
Overview of the field of environmental justice, analyzing the implications of race, class, labor, and equity on environmental degradation and regulation. Environmental justice movements and struggles within poor and people of color communities in the U.S., including: African Americans, Latino Americans, and Native American Indians. Frameworks and methods for analyzing race, class, and labor. Cases of environmental injustice, community and government responses
, and future strategies for achieving environmental and labor justice.
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ESPM 164 GIS and Environmental Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The objectives of the course are 1) review the GIS workflow (acquisition, representation, validation, analysis, and output), 2) to understand the issues surrounding, and algorithms used in a particular GIS application, 3) to learn about advanced topics in geospatial science across environmental and social sciences, and 4) to develop an operational GIS project in a chosen area.

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ESPM 165 International Rural Development Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Comparative analysis of policy systems governing natural resource development in the rural Third World. Emphasis on organization and function of agricultural and mineral development, with particular consideration of rural hunger, resource availability, technology, and patterns of international aid.

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ESPM 166 Natural Resource Policy and Indigenous Peoples 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Critical analysis of the historical transformation of indigenous peoples and their environments in North America and the Third World. The origins and specific patterns of socio-economic problems in these areas, existing and alternative future development policies and their effects.

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ESPM C167 Environmental Health and Development 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
The health effects of environmental alterations caused by development programs and other human activities in both developing and developed areas. Case studies will contextualize methodological information and incorporate a global perspective on environmentally mediated diseases in diverse populations. Topics include water management; population change; toxics; energy development; air pollution; climate
change; chemical use, etc.
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ESPM 168 Political Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Analysis of environmental problems in an international context with a focus on political and economic processes, resource access, and representations of nature. Discussion of the ways in which film, literature, and the news media reflect and influence environmental politics. Approaches to policy analysis arising from recent social theory.

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ESPM 169 International Environmental Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
The dynamics of international politics are examined over the last 25 years. Attention is paid to different perspectives in global environmental politics, the actors involved, how well international agreements address the problems they are supposed to solve, and the main debates in the field, including trade-environmental conflicts, security, and environmental justice issues. Issues covered vary, but
may include climate change, biodiversity, population, and toxics.
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ESPM C170 Carbon Cycle Dynamics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
The focus is the (unsolved) puzzle of the contemporary carbon cycle. Why is the concentration of atmospheric CO2 changing at the rate observed? What are the terrestrial and oceanic processes that add and remove carbon from the atmosphere? What are the carbon management strategies under discussion? How can emission protocols be verified? Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience with the available data, and learn modeling
skills to evaluate hypotheses of carbon sources and sinks.
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ESPM 172 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2010, Fall 2009
This course introduces the concepts and principles of photogrammetry and remote sensing, specifically aerial photography, as important data collection and analysis tools for natural resources management in spatial sciences such as ecology, geography, geology, civil engineering, and environmental design. Photo measures of scale, area, and object height, flight planning, an introduction to the electromagnetic spectrum, photo interpretation and
mapping, digital remote sensing, and data management in geographic information systems will be discussed.
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ESPM 173 Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2014
Introduces concepts and methods for practical analysis of data from ecology and related disciplines. Topics include data summaries, distributions, and probability; comparison of data groups using t-tests and analysis of variance; comparison of multi-factor groups using analysis of variance; evaluation of continuous relationships between variables using regression and correlation; and a glimpse at more advanced topics. In computer laboratories
, students put concepts into practice and interpret results.
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ESPM 174 Design and Analysis of Ecological Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Surveys major designs and analyses for biological field and laborabory studies. Topics include data distributions; regression; analysis of variance; fixed and random effects; blocking, split plots, and repeated measures; maximum likelihood; Generalized Linear Models; basic computer programming. Relies on math to interpret and manipulate equations supported by computer simulations. Examples include population, ecosystem, behavioral, and evolutionary
ecology.
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ESPM 175A Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Students design and conduct a senior thesis project, which requires identifying a testable question or problem, designing and executing a research protocol, analyzing data, deriving conclusions, and presenting the research in a scientific paper and an oral presentation. Lectures and assignments exphasize research design, data analysis, scientific writing, and scientific communication.

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ESPM 175B Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Students design and conduct a senior thesis project, which requires identifying a testable question or problem, designing and executing a research protocol, analyzing data, deriving conclusions, and presenting the research in a scientific paper and an oral presentation. Lectures and assignments exphasize research design, data analysis, scientific writing, and scientific communication.

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ESPM H175A Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
ESPM H175A and H175B are honors courses that eligible Environmental Sciences students may substitute for ESPM 175A and 175B. Students design and conduct a senior thesis project, which requires identifying a research question or problem, designing and executing a research protocol, analyzing data, deriving conclusions, and presenting the research in a scientific paper and an oral presentation.Lectures and assignments emphasize research design, data
analysis, scientific writing, and scientific communication.
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ESPM H175B Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015
ESPM H175A and H175B are honors courses that eligible Environmental Sciences students may substitute for ESPM 175A and 175B. Students design and conduct a senior thesis project, which requires identifying a research question or problem, designing and executing a research protocol, analyzing data, deriving conclusions, and presenting the research in a scientific paper and an oral presentation. Lectures and assignments emphasize research design, data analysis
, scientific writing, and scientific communication.
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ESPM H175L Senior Research Laboratory in Environmental Sciences 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
ESPM H175L is an honors course that eligible Environmental Sciences students may substitute for ESPM 175L. Independent laboratory or field research in support of the required senior seminar project.

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ESPM 175L Senior Research Laboratory in Environmental Sciences 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Independent laboratory or field research in support of the required senior seminar project.

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ESPM C177 GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course offers an introduction to spatial data analysis. It integrates ArcGIS analysis with spatial statistical analysis for the study of pattern and process applicable to a wide variety of fields. Major topics covered include: spatial sampling, processing data with ARC Info, exploratory GIS analysis, spatial decomposition, spatial point patterns and Ripley's K function, spatial autocorrelation, geostatistics, spatially weighted regression
, spatial autoregression, generalized linear models and generalized linear mixed models.
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ESPM 178B Environmental Science Education Practicum 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
Framed around the topic of sustainability, the course engages students from different science majors to apply the content knowledge from their discipline to build curriculum pieces for presentation in high school classrooms. Students develop pedagogical content knowledge and relate teaching theory to practice. Additional topics covered include classroom management and leadership, lesson planning, presentation skills, and readings in science
education.
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ESPM C179A GC-Maker Lab I: Skills and Theory 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
In the environmental and biological sciences, one of the biggest challenges in transitioning from student to researcher is learning how to measure something without an off-the-shelf device. This course will provide the theoretical background and the practice of building a Gas Chromatograph (GC) system for environmental research. The first semester is for students who seek to develop fundamental skills in instrumental development and design. The second semester
(c179b) is only open to those who have taken this first semester course and will entail the construction of a working gas chromatograph system. This class will be especially useful for students who wish to pursue research following graduation.
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ESPM C179B GC-Maker Lab II: Instrument development 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
In the environmental and biological sciences, one of the biggest challenges in transitioning from student to researcher is learning how to measure something without an off-the-shelf device. This course will involve the actual building a gas chromatograph (GC) system for environmental research. In addition, we will provide the option of building a mini datalogging sensor for measuring basic environmental parameters using the Arduino platform. This course offered in
the spring semester is only open to those who have taken this first semester course (c179A), which covers the fundamental skills required to undertake this project. This class is designed for upper division undergraduates to early graduate students.
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ESPM C180 Air Pollution 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is an introduction to air pollution and the chemistry of earth's atmosphere. We will focus on the fundamental natural processes controlling trace gas and aerosol concentrations in the atmosphere, and how anthropogenic activity has affected those processes at the local, regional, and global scales. Specific topics include stratospheric ozone depletion, increasing concentrations of green house gasses, smog, and changes in the oxidation
capacity of the troposphere.
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ESPM 181A Fire Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Fundamentals of wildland fire including fire behavior modeling, fire history methods, prescribed fire techniques, fire ecology, fire management, fire in the urban-wildland intermix, wildland fire, and ecosystem sustainability. Laboratories on inventory methods, fire history, modeling of fire behavior and risk, and prescribed burning.

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ESPM 182 Forest Operations Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Examination of "on the ground" activities necessary to manage forests. Planning, design, and implementation of activities such as road building, forest harvesting, erosion control, and fire suppression are the central focus of the course. Aspects of timber harvest planning, archaeological surveys related to forest management, road closure, stream bank stabilization, and legislative control of forest operations will also be explored.

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ESPM 183 Forest Ecosystem Management 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
Introduces students to concepts and quantitative tools needed for the sustainable management of multi-use forest ecosystems. Topics covered include: estimation of ecological, economic, and social values: construction of dynamic forest models, methods for optimal decision-making, and development of forest management plans. Application to current issues in temperate and tropical forest management are discussed. Quantitative, analytical, and
communication skills are emphasized. Oral presentation required.
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ESPM C183 Forest Ecosystem Management 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Introduces students to concepts and quantitative tools needed for the sustainable management of multi-use forest ecosystems. Topics covered include: estimation of ecological, economic, and social values: construction of dynamic forest models, methods for optimal decision-making, and development of forest management plans. Application to current issues in temperate and tropical forest management are discussed. Quantitative, analytical, and
communication skills are emphasized. Oral presentation required.
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ESPM 184 Agroforestry Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
Agroforestry principles and systems in use worldwide are examined, with emphasis on contemporary temperate agroforestry system design and management. Economic, biologic, social, and political conditions for successful agroforestry systems are analyzed. Some laboratory sessions will be field trips that will extend beyond the scheduled lab time.

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ESPM 185 Applied Forest Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Concepts and applications of silviculture for the establishment, growth, composition, and quality of forest trees and stands. Silviculture is presented as a tool to meet multiple resource and ecosystem management objectives related to wildlife habitat, watershed resources, forest health, or timber production. Two weekend field trips will be scheduled in lieu of several laboratories.

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ESPM 186 Management and Conservation of Rangeland Ecosystems 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Begins with the evolution and domestication of grazing animals, continues through ranching and rangeland stewardship practices, and explores new institutional arrangements for conservation and restoration. Woodlands, grasslands, and shrublands provide biodiversity, wildlife habitat, watershed, recreation, open space, and forage. Human practices and ecosystem dynamics meet in rangeland management. Methods for changing, predicting, or assessing
the results.
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ESPM 187 Restoration Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
This course covers ecological theories that inform the practice of ecological restoration, with particular focus on local (Bay Area) restoration and linkages with social, political, and economic factors. Laboratories focus on assessment techniques and cumulate with formulation of a restoration management plan. Laboratories will be based at the Richmond Field Station, served by campus shuttle.

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ESPM 188 Case Histories in Wildlife Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Seminar format with presentation and discussion by each student, with long term paper requirement. Examination in depth of current issues in wildlife management.

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ESPM 190 Seminar in Environmental Issues 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Interdisciplinary study of issues for advanced students. Designed to develop skills in critical analysis of specific issues. Different topics will be available each semester reflecting faculty and student interest. Major research project required.

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ESPM C191 The American Forest: Its Ecology, History, and Representation 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2007, Fall 2004
The American forest will be examined in terms of its ecology, history, and representations in paintings, photographs, and literary essays. This examination seeks to understand the American forest in its scientific and economic parameters, as well as the historic, social, and ideological dimensions which have contributed to the evolution of our present attitudes toward the forest.

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ESPM C192 Molecular Approaches to Environmental Problem Solving 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Seminar in which students consider how modern biotechnological approaches, including recombinant DNA methods, can be used to recognize and solve problems in the area of conservation, habitat and endangered species preservation, agriculture and environmental pollution. Students will also develop and present case studies of environmental problems solving using modern molecular methods.

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ESPM C193A Environmental Education 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
Theory and practice of translating ecological knowledge, environmental issues, and values into educational forms for all age levels and all facets of society, including schools. Concentrated experience in participatory education.

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ESPM 194 Senior Seminar in Conservation and Resource Studies 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
Seminar in which students synthesize their knowledge, skills, and interests into a holistic perspective. A one-hour oral presentation in the area of interest and a senior thesis synthesizing the area of interest are required. Required final semester for all CRS majors.

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ESPM 194A Senior Seminar in Conservation and Resource Studies 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Seminar in which students synthesize their knowledge, skills, and interests into a holistic perspective. A one-hour oral presentation in the area of interest and a senior thesis synthesizing the area of interest are required. Required final semester for all CRS majors.

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ESPM 194B Capstone Course in Society and Environment 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Senior capstone project in the student's primary area of concentration and presentation to the ESPM Society and Environment faculty and majors. Required of all graduating seniors in the ESPM and Society and Environment major. Students who have completed ESPM 195, H196, or 197 may substitute that course for ESPM 194B.

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ESPM 195 Senior Thesis 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Subject must be approved by faculty sponsor during final semester of the junior year and course initiated in the first semester of the senior year. Credit option: Conservation Resource Studies majors who have successfully completed 195 may petition for exemption from 194.

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ESPM H196 Honors Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Supervised independent honors research specific to aspects of environmental science, policy, and management, followed by a written report to department. Submission of no more than 300 words required for approval.

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ESPM 197 Field Study in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised experience in off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects of environmental science, policy, and management. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required.

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ESPM 198 Directed Group Studies for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group study of special topics in environmental science, policy, and management that are not covered in depth in regular courses in the department.

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ESPM 198BC Berkeley Connect 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.

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ESPM 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Spring 2016
Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. Supervised independent study and research specific to aspects of environmental science, policy, and management.

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ESPM C200 Principles of Phylogenetics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
The core theory and methodology for comparative biology, beginning
with issues in building phylogenetic trees, with emphases on both
morphology and molecules, and both living and fossil organisms. Also
covers the many applications of phylogenetic trees to systematics,
biogeography, speciation, conservation, population genetics, ecology,
behavior, development, functional morphology, and macroevolution
that have revolutionized
those fields. Labs are closely integrated with
lectures and cover the major algorithms and computer software used
to implement these approaches. Requirements include participation in
discussions, two exams, and a term project.

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ESPM 201A Research Approaches in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Research projects and approaches in environmental science, policy, and management. An introduction to the diverse ways environmental problems are researched, comparing the approaches and methods of various disciplines represented among faculty and students. This course is the first of the core course sequence required for all ESPM graduate students.

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ESPM 201C Environmental Forum 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Presentation and analysis of current topics in environmental science, policy, and management. This course is required for all ESPM doctoral students.

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ESPM 201S Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Colloquium 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Seminars for the presentation and discussion of original work by faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students. Core course for the ESPM graduate program.

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ESPM C204 Research Reviews in Animal Behavior: Behavior Review 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This course will provide a rigorous, critical review of current research in animal behavior. Emphases will include hypothesis testing and experimental design, as well as methods of data collection and analysis. Each week, a student in the course will present original research in the form of a seminar presentation, grant proposal, or manuscript. Through discussion with seminar participants, presenters will gain critical feedback regarding their
research.
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ESPM 205 Quantitative Methods for Ecological and Environmental Modeling 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will review the background mathematical and statistical tools necessary for students interested in pursuing ecological and environmental modeling. Topics include linear algebra; difference equation, ordinary differential equation, and partial differential equation models; stochastic processes; parameter estimation; and a number of statistical techniques. This course will be recommended as a prerequisite for advanced modeling courses in Integrative Biology
, Energy and Resources Group, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.
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ESPM C205 Quantitative Methods for Ecological and Environmental Modeling 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
This course will review the background mathematical and statistical tools necessary for students interested in pursuing ecological and environmental modeling. Topics include linear algebra; difference equation, ordinary differential equation, and partial differential equation models; stochastic processes; parameter estimation; and a number of statistical techniques. This course will be recommended as a prerequisite for advanced
modeling courses in Integrative Biology, Energy and Resources Group, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.
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ESPM 206 Animal Communication 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The objective of the course is to explore major topics in animal communication. Topics each year will focus on a different sensory modality and range from visual, acoustic, and chemical senses. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the study of communication, over the course of the semester, we will draw on a variety of disciplines (including cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, neurophysiology, and physics) to understand the mechanisms
, function, and evolution of communication.
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ESPM C211 Modeling Ecological and Meteorological Phenomena 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Modeling methods in ecology and meteorology; stability analysis; effects of anthropogenic stress on natural systems. Offered alternate years.

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ESPM 215 Hierarchical Statistical Modeling in Environmental Science 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Hierarchical statistical models include generalized linear mixed models, generalized additive mixed models, state-space models for time-series data, and random field models for spatial data. Introduction to formulation and analysis of such models with frequentist methods, including maximum likelihood via numerical integration and restricted maximum likelihood, and Bayesian methods, including Markov chain Monte Carlo. Background in relevant
probability theory.
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ESPM C216 Freshwater Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
This graduate course will combine formal lectures and discussion, with the overall goal of exposing students to general concepts in freshwater ecology. We will discuss a broad range of topics including freshwater environments and biota, natural selection and adaptive evolution, food webs and trophic cascades, cross-ecosystem linkages, and social-ecological resilience of freshwater ecosystems under global change. Upper division undergraduates
are welcome, with permission of the instructors.
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ESPM 217 Political Economy of Climate Change 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course examines the comparative and global political economy of climate change, with a focus on the politics of climate change mitigation in the energy sector. Key themes are the choice of policy strategies and policy instruments, industry and climate policy, global institutions and collective action, markets and technological change, and economic and geo-political transformations in response to climate change. The courses combines theoretical
readings with in-depth case studies.
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ESPM C220 Stable Isotope Ecology 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
Course focuses on principles and applications of stable isotope chemistry as applied to the broad science of ecology. Lecture topics include principles of isotope behavior and chemistry, and isotope measurements in the context of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecological processes and problems. Students participate in a set of laboratory exercises involving preparation of samples of choice for isotopic analyses, the use of the mass spectrometer
and optical analysis systems, and the anlaysis of data.
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ESPM 222 Surface and Colloid Chemistry of Natural Particles 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2011
Structure and coordination chemistry of natural adsorbent particles in aqueous systems; solute adsorption mechanisms and theoretical models; interparticle forces and colloidal phenomena; applications to biogeochemistry and contaminant hydrology.

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ESPM C225 Isotopics 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This seminar will explore current topics that employ the use of stable isotopes. Discussion topics include the areas of biology, paleontology, biogeochemistry, soil science, and atmospheric science. Students will be required to lead at least one discussion of relevant literature in the topic area.

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ESPM 226 Interdisciplinary Food and Agriculture Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
A graduate seminar exploring the ecological, social, and economic risks inherent in different forms of agriculture, from highly diversified, agroecological farming systems to industrialized agriculture. We will examine how different farm management techniques, government policies, supply chains, R&D, technology, and science may influence various risks and uncertainties, including climate change, agrobiodiversity, farmer livelihoods, food
safety, public health, and nutrition.
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ESPM 227 Science Communication 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Effective communication is an important skill that all scientists should master. There are many different forms of communication, and these require different approaches and techniques. The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills to communicate scientific findings to a wide range of audiences. We will discuss approaches to communicating our findings and those of others to other scientists, the public, and the media. We will then prepare and practice
communicating through papers, proposals, presentations, sound bites, and podcasts. Exercises and assignments are designed to give students hands on experience developing their own stories and packaging them to selected audiences.
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ESPM 228 Advanced Topics in Biometeorology and Micrometeorology 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Measurement and modeling of trace gases and energy between the terrestrial biosphere and atmosphere. Micrometeorological flux measurement methods, including eddy covariance, profile, and eddy accumulation methods. A hierarchy of biophysical models are discussed for interpreting flux measurements. Information and theory on big-leaf, two-layer, and multi-layer models that couple energy, water, and carbon to predict trace gas fluxes are presented.
How models integrate information from leaf to canopy to landscape scales is discussed.
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ESPM 230 Sociology of Agriculture 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This graduate seminar explores the sociology of agriculture and food systems, addressing key theories and topics in the field. We begin with the antecedents of the sociology of agriculture, including foundation classical agrarian theories and an overview of the field, followed by topics ranging from pesticide drift to agricultural labor injustice to food sovereignty movements and more. This course is most appropriate for students with some background in agri-food
and social systems.
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ESPM C234 Green Chemistry: An Interdisciplonary Approach to Sustainability 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Meeting the challenge of global sustainability will require interdisciplinary approaches to research and education, as well as the integration of this new knowledge into society, policymaking, and business. Green Chemistry is an intellectual framework created to meet these challenges and guide technological development. It encourages the design and production of safer and more sustainable chemicals and products.

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ESPM 244 Spatial Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016
Spatial heterogeneity is a key feature of many ecological patterns and processes. This course will explore how spatial data and analysis can answer fundamental questions in ecology, evolution, and conservation through discussions of recent research and workshops on performing spatial analysis in R. Topics to be covered include spatial autocorrelation, habitat fragmentation, population dynamics, conservation and landscape genetics, simulation methods, niche
modeling, and spatial statistics.

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ESPM 248 Special Topics and Advanced Seminars in Entomology 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007

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ESPM 249 Bioethics, Law, and the Life Sciences 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013
Developments in biotechnology and the life sciences are unsettling legal and policy approaches to intellectual property, reproduction, health care, medical research, and the criminal justice system. Through reading primary materials and relevant secondary sources, this course investigates ethical, legal, and policy problems associated with these developments, and explores possible solutions.

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ESPM 250 Environmental History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2003, Fall 2001, Fall 1999
A critical survey of classical and recent literature in the field of environmental history, philosophy, and ethics, with special emphasis on the American environment. Topics will include environmental historiography, theories of environmental history, and the relationships between environmental history, philosophy, ethics, ecology, and policy.

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ESPM 251 International Conservation and Development Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Changes in Third World rural economy, ecology, and environment and ways in which these are affected by development policies. Historical dimensions of Third World environmental problems. Changing patterns of rural production (especially food) and resource use; alternative theories of natural resource and socioeconomic development; linkages between socioeconomy and environment in agrarian change and development policy; technology and resource
control; conservation and development problems.
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ESPM C252 Topics in Science and Technology Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
This course provides a strong foundation for graduate work in STS, a multidisciplinary field with a signature capacity to rethink the relationship among science, technology, and political and social life. From climate change to population genomics, access to medicines and the impact of new media, the problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic.

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ESPM 253 Advanced Readings in Political Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Critique and comparison of literature in political ecology--an approach to sociological analysis of environmental change focusing on environmental conflict. Initial sessions address the definition of political ecology, its origins, and the politics and discourses of natural resource management. Literature includes domestic and international research involving the combination of social and environmental history, local perspectives, and political
economy to discuss accounts of social and environmental change.
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ESPM C254 Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Focus on ethnic and cultural diversity in health behavior as a basis for public health programs. Consideration of U.S. ethnic minority groups and cultural groups in non-Western societies. Health status and behavior examined in context of relevant social and anthropological theory (social class, acculturation, political economy). Influence of socio-cultural background on concepts of health, illness, and health-seeking behavior.
Implications for planning public health programs and policies.
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ESPM C255 Seminar in Sociology of Forest and Wildland Resources 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Individual projects and group discussions concerning social constraints to, and effects of, natural resource planning and management. Application of sociological theories to problems of managing wildland ecosystems. Students will examine topics of individual interest related to the management of wildland uses. Enrollment limited.

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ESPM 256 Science, Technology, and the Politics of Nature 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2009
This course will introduce the methods and theories of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in order to explore the relationships among science, technology, law, and politics in the domains of environment and health. The course will focus some attention on the tension between technocracy and democracy in science policy, and on the role of biotechnology in reshaping the natural and political order. The course will equip graduate students in
the social sciences, law, life sciences, and public policy with theoretical and practical tools for analyzing complex problems at the science, technology, and society interface.
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ESPM 258 Race, Science, and Resource Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course addresses explantation and strategy in natural resource policy with an emphasis on whether, why, and how (a) 'race' distributes access to and control of environmental resources, (b) 'science' creates and arrays perceptions, organization and control of these resources, and (c) public policy shapes racial disparities in natural resource opportunities. Topics are drawn primarily from issues in metropolitan, agricultural, and public resource
systems.
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ESPM 259 Transnational Environmental Politics and Movements 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Contemporary issues in international environmental politics; impacts of globalization on the environment; comparative transnational environmental movements. Study of current and historical texts. Case studies drawn from around the world with a focus on methods and research techniques.

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ESPM 260 Governance of Global Production 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course explores critical policy and theoretical questions in the governance of global production. Current trends in the restructuring of industrial production; distributions of environmental, labor, and social impacts from this production; and new strategies for democratic governance are analyzed, including corporate self-regulation, monitoring, certification and labeling, fair trade programs, legal strategies, and international accords
and agreements.
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ESPM 261 Sustainability and Society 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2013
Science-based technologies that are central to the search for sustainability in contemporary societies and their environmental impacts. Theoretical approaches to investigating how science, technology, and environment intersect. How societies move closer to sustainable technological systems. Redesign of existing technologies and the introduction of new technologies. How adverse impacts can be prevented through policy. Case studies of contemporary
developments.
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ESPM 262 Race, Identity, and the Environment 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Advanced readings on environment and race. Shifting meanings of "race" and its application and usefulness in theorizing human-environment relationships. Foundations of environmental ideas and attitudes towards the natural environment and their connections to contemporary environmental practices. Construction of environmental narratives and images in defining ideas of racial and place identity. How representations of the natural
environment are structurally and culturally racialized within environmental institutions and the media. Post-race possibilities.
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ESPM 263 Indigenous, Feminist, and Postcolonial Approaches to Science, Technology, and Environment 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
This seminar presents material from indigenous studies; feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies (STS), including animal studies; political ecology; and other fields. It engages non-dominant knowledges while interrogating the role of key technoscientific concepts (modernity, objectivity, universality) in colonizations of both humans and nonhumans. This course highlights the role of critical methods in shifting power relations
in research, including students' own research.
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ESPM 264 Silviculture Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2010, Fall 2008
A seminar covering various aspects of silviculture and related issues.

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ESPM 265 Seminar on Fire as an Ecological Factor 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Effect of fire on ecology of forest and rangeland.

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ESPM 268 Seminar in Range Ecology 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
A seminar course dealing with selected topics in ecology of rangelands.

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ESPM 271 Advanced Remote Sensing of Natural Resources 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
Advanced photographic systems. Nonphotographic systems including multispectral scanner, imaging spectrometry, thermal, and RADAR. The use of ditigal image processing, geographic information systems (GIS,) and accuracy assessment. A look into linking remote sensing with GIS and integrated analysis of multisource spatial data. Laboratories and application projects are to be arranged.

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ESPM C273 Science and Technology Studies Research Seminar 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2013
This course will cover methods and approaches for students considering professionalizing in the field of STS, including a chance for students to workshop written work.

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ESPM 276 Advanced Silviculture 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Advanced topics related to the dynamics and management of forest stands such as competition effects, mixed-species interactions, mutiaged stand silviculture, pruning, thinning regimes, management for old growth features, wood quality effects, and others. Field trips may be included.

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ESPM 277 Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2014
A graduate level seminar covering advanced topics in conservation of biodiversity, focused on designing protected area networks. We will first lay the groundwork for the course by exploring the fundamental papers in ecology and conservation biology that led to systematic conservation planning. Then, we will study various issues at the current frontiers of the discipline, such as incorporating threats, costs, evolutionary processes, and ecosystem
services into reserve network design. The class will encourage student engagement through discussions, group projects, peer instruction and peer review of essays.
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ESPM 278 Range Assessment 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2008, Spring 2007
Rangeland vegetation sampling techniques with emphasis on comparing the relative efficiency of different techniques of vegetation measurement. Includes weekly lab exercises on artificial sampling boards and/or in the field. Juniors and seniors are encouraged.

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ESPM 279 Seminar on Pastoralism 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
A survey of pastoral animal management and production systems, as they influence and are influenced by the rangeland environment. Review of the evolution of animal management practices; contemporary management systems in California,the West, and worldwide; and production systems with both traditional and nontraditional goals. Examination of agroforestry and nomadic and transhumant grazing systems, sheep and cattle production, game ranching
, and organic meat production will be included.
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ESPM 280 Seminar in Range Ecosystem Planning and Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2010
A seminar course dealing with selected current topics in range ecosystem planning and policy.

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ESPM 281 Seminar in Wildlife Biology and Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Reading, conference, and discussion. Reports and discussion of recent studies in wildlife biology and management. Open to qualified graduate students from other departments.

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ESPM C282 Health Implications of Climate Change 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The course will provide a basic foundation in the physical mechanisms of, responses to, and health implications of climate change. We will explore the variety of epidemiologic, risk assessment, and statistical methods used to understand the impacts of climate change on health across diverse demographic groups. The public health implications, positive and negative, of efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change will be elaborated, including
discussions of ethical, political, and economic aspects of these efforts. Students will be responsible for leading class discussions and presenting a poster on their choice of a topic related to climate change and health.
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ESPM 284 Demographic Methods for Population Viability Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2007, Fall 2002
Application of demographic methods to the management of plant and animal populations. Conservation problems faced by small populations of threatened or exploited species will be emphasized. Implications for life-history theory will also be discussed. Demographic analyses include (1) an understanding of life cycle diagrams, projection matrices, and age- and stage-based approaches; (2) calculation of population growth rate and sensitivity of demographic
parameters to perturbation; and (3) advanced tehcniques of stochastic simulation modeling, spatial analyses, and population viability analyses will be learned.
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ESPM 288 Reproducible and Collaborative Data Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
Introduction to principles and tools for reproducible and collaborative data science, including data curation and cleaning, version control, virtual machines, scripted work flow, hypothesis-driven exploratory data analysis, data visualization, and communication. Students will be introduced to git, Python,R, and LaTeX. The class will navigate a series of problem-driven analyses, focused on case studies and independent projects, leading to reproducible products
that allow updated analyses as new data become available. Projects by first year trainees will be presented at the Annual Symposium.

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ESPM 290 Special Topics in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Study and critical analysis of topics, research, and texts pertinent to environmental science, policy, and management. Different topics will be available each semester reflecting faculty and student interest.

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ESPM 296 Individual Study 1 - 7 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study in consultation with a member of the faculty directed to analysis and synthesis of the literature of a specialized subject area in forestry and resource management.

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ESPM 298 Directed Group Study 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Advanced study of research topics which vary each semester.

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ESPM 299 Individual Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017, Spring 2017
Individual research under the supervision of a faculty member.

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ESPM N299 Individual Research 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2013 10 Week Session, Summer 2012 10 Week Session, Summer 2009 10 Week Session
Individual research under the supervision of a faculty member.

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ESPM 300 Supervised Teaching in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Teaching methods at the University level; course content; problem set review and development; guidance of laboratory experiments; course development and evaluation; supervised practice teaching.

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ESPM C302 Effective Scientific Communication 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2007
This course will introduce methods of organizing and delivering oral presentations, initating and organizing manuscripts, and utilizing digital communication methods, such as web-based media. Students will develop effective communication techniques through in-class experience. This class will have an emphasis on the sciences but will be useful and open to graduate students of all disciplines.

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ESPM 375 Professional Preparation: Teaching in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
The course will consist of readings and discussions led by instructors, graduate students, and guest speakers covering topics on developing teaching skills relevant to an interdisciplinary environmental science program. Students will present brief lectures that will be taped and evaluated and will learn skills for evaluating success in conveying complex ideas to their own students.

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ESPM 400 Professional Training in Research 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Training for students in planning and performing research under the supervision of a faculty member. This course is intended to provide credit for experience obtained.

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ESPM 601 Individual Study for Master's Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive examination in consultation with the field adviser.

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ESPM 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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