Integrative Biology

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of Integrative Biology offers a program of instruction that focuses on the integration of structure and function that influences the biology, ecology, and evolution of organisms. It investigates integration at all levels of organization from molecules to the biosphere and in all branches of the tree of life: plants, animals, fungi, and microbes.

The department draws from many traditional and emerging fields and levels of biological organization in forging new research directions and answering traditional questions in new ways. The faculty has special strengths in the disciplines of functional morphology, organismal physiology, animal behavior, biomechanics, ecology, systematic biology, paleobiology, population genetics, and evolution.

Research Facilities

The Botanical Garden, located on 34 acres in Strawberry Canyon, provides opportunities for research with living plants, supplies teaching material for classes on campus, and serves as an outdoor laboratory for students. Independent student and internship opportunities are available in horticulture and plant conservation. The garden is organized primarily by geographic region: California, South America, Mexico/Central America, South Africa, Australasia, Mediterranean, Eastern North America, and Asia. Specialized collections include succulents and cacti, carnivorous plants, orchids, ferns, roses, tropical plants, a Chinese medicinal herb garden, and an herb garden. Laboratory and greenhouse facilities are available at the Botanical Garden Plant Conservation Research Center. For further information about events, programs, and opportunities, visit the Botanical Garden website. Inquiries can be addressed to the director by mail at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive #5045, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045, by email to garden@berkeley.edu, or by phone at 510-643-2755.

The Cancer Research Laboratory (CRL) is a research institute on the Berkeley campus that carries on a research, teaching, and service program designed to foster interdepartmental participation in cancer research. The central research program represents a multidisciplinary approach to an understanding of the mechanism of neoplastic transformation using a variety of systems. Graduate student and postdoctoral research programs are supported in various areas of tumor biology: biochemistry, cell biology, endocrinology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and tumor virology. Currently, CRL provides advanced technical resources to cancer and biomedical researchers in the areas of advanced microscopy, flow cytometry, gene targeting/transgenic mouse technology, human stem-cell facility, and an infectious disease facility. Instrumentation in the facilities is operated by highly-trained staff who offer instruction in the methods and techniques associated with each facility. For more information, visit the CRL website.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Bio-inspiration in Education and Research (CIBER) has been established to lead in the development of a new field of Integrative Systems Biomechanics that moves biology toward greater integration with other disciplines such as physics, mathematics, and engineering to a degree not seen before. The discipline focuses on the physics of how organisms function and interact with their environment. The goal is to discover basic physical principles that can be applied to a diversity of organisms and unique innovations. The fluid and solid mechanics of organisms are examined using direct experimentation, comparative and phylogenetic approaches, and both mathematical and physical modeling. Using this approach, the next generation of scientists and engineers will gain experience in collaboration across disciplines, as well as how to extract principles in biology that inspire novel design in engineering. In addition to developing innovative methods of teaching and research, CIBER has established an interdisciplinary teaching laboratory that allows students in undergraduate as well as graduate courses to address challenging problems that will give them a meaningful interdisciplinary learning experience. These facilities are being used in a number of existing and new courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information on CIBER, visit their website.

The Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (CSIB), located on campus, is an analytical facility established as a University education, research, training, and service unit. The center provides high-precision, state-of-the-art instrumentation for analyzing the stable isotope composition of a diverse array of materials (e.g., plant and animal tissue samples, soils, atmospheric gasses, water, specific compounds, organic matter, etc.), as well as space for purifying, extracting, and preparing sample material for analysis. The center also serves as a focal point for research and training for many programs at Berkeley (e.g., in Biology, Ecology, Paleontology, Anthropology, Geography, Chemistry, Hydrology, Atmospheric, and Soil Sciences). The specialized equipment housed in the facility serves a broad range of student, postdoctoral, and faculty needs. This equipment includes several gas phase isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS); these mass spectrometers have the capabilities of analyzing the isotopic composition of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur in biological and geological samples, gases (biogenic and atmospheric), and water. In addition to the instrument laboratory, the center houses a fully-equipped sample extraction and preparation laboratory for handling a full range of sample types. For more information, visit the CSIB website.

The Field Station for Behavioral Research is a research institute that supports behavioral studies on animals under natural and seminatural conditions. Situated on 20 acres of wooded hillside at the top of Strawberry Canyon two miles from the central campus, the field station maintains and observes a variety of animal species. Faculty from several Berkeley departments including Integrative Biology conduct research at the station. Its facilities are available for graduate and postdoctoral research with the approval of the director. People interested in the field station may contact the director via the Department of Integrative Biology.

The Gump South Pacific Research Station, French Polynesia, is located on Moorea (17° 30' S 149° 50' W), one of the Society Islands, 15 km northwest of the main island of Tahiti. Moorea offers diverse habitats ranging from coral reefs, lagoons, coastal beaches, freshwater streams, wetlands, and mountain forests. The Gump Station occupies 14 hectares (35 acres) of land from the shore to 149m (489 ft.) at the entrance to Cook's Bay, providing excellent access to the ocean, lagoon, and island interior. A range of housing options (shared dormitories or private bungalows) and laboratories allow long- and short-term research and education in a diversity of fields, including marine, freshwater, and terrestrial biology; evolutionary and conservation biology; archaeology; anthropology; ethnobotany; geology; and geomorphology. Facilities include boats and 4WD vehicles. A waterfront marine laboratory contains an open seawater system and equipment for UC Scientific Diving. A large climate-controlled research building contains offices, library/conference room, and several laboratories including space for morphological work (high-quality microscopes) and molecular genetic analyses. The station is connected to the Internet via multiple ADSL lines and has WiFi access in all common areas. For further information, contact Dr. Neil Davies, Executive Director at ndavies@moorea.berkeley.edu. More information can be found on the station's website.

The Human Evolution Research Center (HERC) is dedicated to the study of human origins and evolution. HERC represents an international focal point for field and laboratory research and education. It is a center for the study of the process and products of human evolution. Research by HERC includes both field and laboratory investigation. The center’s collections and facilities provide support to faculty and students working on important, large-scale investigations. These include The Middle Awash Project and The Revealing Hominid Origins Initiative (RHOI). For more information on HERC and RHOI, visit the HERC website and the RHOI website.

The Jane Gray Research Greenhouse is operated by the Department of Integrative Biology and comprises approximately 2,400 square feet of state-of-the-art research space used for projects by faculty and students. The climate management system is computer-controlled and monitors temperature, humidity, light energy, and wind speed and direction. The system’s responses to these conditions can be controlled centrally or from a remote location through an on-screen ARGUS interface to gas heaters, evaporative coolers, vents, fans, and sunshades. The facility provides an ideal resource for plant growth investigations that require closely controlled and monitored conditions. For more information, visit the greenhouse's website.

The Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), a research institute for faculty, staff, students, and qualified visiting scholars, has one of the largest collections of fossil protists, invertebrates, plants, and vertebrates in the nation, as well as large collections of modern vertebrate skeletal elements and invertebrates. The collection is worldwide in scope and especially strong in materials from western North America. Research activities include systematic, paleobiogeographic, paleoecologic, biostratigraphic, evolutionary, and theoretical paleobiologic studies. Fieldwork on all continents by researchers and students associated with the museum continues to sustain substantial collection growth. Special facilities include molecular biology and fossil preparation laboratories, as well as specialized laboratories for microfossils, pollen, and cast production.

UCMP has an active education and outreach program which uses the web as its primary venue for sharing science with a broader audience. The UCMP website contains a wealth of information on evolution, paleontology, systematics, and associated sciences, as well as access to collections data and specimen images. Requests for the use of the collections or facilities should be mailed to the Director, Museum of Paleontology, Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA 94720.

The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology is an Organized Research Unit affiliated with the Department of Integrative Biology and the Berkeley Natural History Museums. It was established in 1908 and has grown to be one of the largest and most important collections of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals in the world. The museum has no public exhibits; it is primarily a research organization and a center for graduate and postdoctoral education. The museum's space in the Valley Life Sciences Building includes all of the collections as well as administrative and research offices for faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate students. In addition, there are laboratories for molecular genetics and biodiversity informatics. Research activities center on problems in evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on systematics, ecology, functional and developmental morphology, behavior, population and conservation biology, and biogeography. Integration of field and laboratory methods is encouraged. For more information, write to the Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley; Berkeley, CA 94720, or for the Hastings Reservation, write to Dr. Mark Stromberg, Carmel Valley, CA 93925. More information can be found on the museum's website.

The University and Jepson Herbaria offer a worldwide reference-research collection, laboratories, archive, and library that form a foundation for basic research in systematic botany, ecology, phytogeography, evolution, and comparative genomics. These resources are available not only to faculty, staff, and students but also to visiting scholars and biologists throughout the United States and other countries. Resources include the following:

  1. The collection itself, more than 2.2 million specimens with special strengths in the angiosperm flora of California and elsewhere around the Pacific Rim as well as in cryptogamic groups including ferns, bryophytes, fungi, and algae.
  2. Modern laboratories for all types of plant studies ranging from morphology/anatomy to molecular systematics. 
  3. Extensive electronic resources, including an online flora of California and interface for accessing electronic records from all California herbaria, the world's standard index of algal nomenclature, to the tree of life for green plants.

Visit the website at for more information. Inquiries should be addressed to Director, University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA 94720.

The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) was founded in 1965 to establish and maintain significant examples of California's diverse aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems for university-level teaching, research, and public service. The 33 reserves are open to all qualified individuals and institutions for scholarly work in disciplines ranging from geology and environmental sciences to anthropology and art. For more information on the NRS, contact the UC Office of the President at 510-987-0150, or visit the UC Office of the President website. For specific information regarding the four reserves administered by the Berkeley campus, contact faculty reserve manager Mary Power at 510-643-7776 or mepower@berkeley.edu. The Berkeley campus administers the following four reserves:

  • The Angelo Coast Reserve in Mendocino County is one of the most diverse reserves, with 26 terrestrial and four aquatic habitat types. Located along a belt of highly-deformed, well-defined coastal ridges cut by the South Fork of the Eel River, the reserve contains the largest virgin Douglas fir community left in the state as well as four undisturbed watersheds. It is part of the UNESCO California Coast Ranges Biosphere Reserve. For more information, contact Peter Steel at 707-984-6653 or psteel@nature.berkeley.edu.
  • The Chickering American River Reserve in Placer County is located in the sub-alpine headwaters basin of the North Fork of the American River. The reserve has diverse topography, soil, and moisture regimes on sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic substrates. It supports approximately 1,000 plant species, unusual red fir and mixed-conifer old-growth forest communities, and a variety of large mammals. Long-term research continues on the endangered wolverine. For more information, contact James Kirchner at 510-643-8559 or kirchner@geomorph.berkeley.edu.
  • The Hans Jenny Pygmy Forest Reserve in Mendocino County supports elfin forests of endemic pygmy cypress, bishop pine, and unusual evergreen shrub species on highly podzolized old marine terrace soils. This reserve is adjacent to lands managed by The Nature Conservancy. For more information, contact Ronald G. Amundson at 510-643-7890 or earthy@nature.berkeley.edu.
  • The Hastings Natural History Reserve in Monterey County contains a representative sample of California's interior Coast Range ecosystem with annual and perennial grasslands, oak woodlands, chaparral, and running streams. The reserve has 620 vascular plant species and 166 bird species. While noted for its 50-year research history on vertebrate ecology and oak woodland biology, the reserve is also conducting important research on native grassland restoration. For more information, contact Mark Stromberg at 831-659-2664 or stromber@berkeley.edu.

Undergraduate Program

Integrative Biology: BA

Graduate Program

Integrative Biology: PhD

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Courses

Integrative Biology

INTEGBI C13 Origins: from the Big Bang to the Emergence of Humans 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
This course will cover our modern scientific understanding of origins, from the Big Bang to the formation of planets like Earth, evolution by natural selection, the genetic basis of evolution, and the emergence of humans. These ideas are of great intrinsic scientific importance and also have far reaching implications for other aspects of people's lives (e.g., philosophical, religious, and political). A major theme will be the scientific method
and how we know what we know.
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INTEGBI 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The Berkeley 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. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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INTEGBI 31 The Ecology and Evolution of Animal Behavior 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Principles of evolution biology as they relate to animal behavior and behavioral ecology with broad coverage of animal groups. Special attention will be paid to the emerging discipline of behavioral ecology.

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INTEGBI C32 Bioinspired Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Bioinspired design views the process of how we learn from Nature as an innovation strategy translating principles of function, performance and aesthetics from biology to human technology. The creative design process is driven by interdisciplinary exchange among engineering, biology, art, architecture and business. Diverse teams of students will collaborate on, create, and present original bioinspired design projects. Lectures discuss biomimicry, challenges of extracting
principles from Nature, scaling, robustness, and entrepreneurship through case studies highlighting robots that run, fly, and swim, materials like gecko-inspired adhesives, artificial muscles, medical prosthetic devices, and translation to start-ups.
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INTEGBI N33 Topics in Paleontology: The Age of Dinosaurs 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1996 10 Week Session
Open without prerequisite to all students and designed for those not specializing in paleontology. Evolution history, and ecology of the dinosaurs and their world, including the earliest mammals and birds.

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INTEGBI 35AC Human Biological Variation 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2016
This course addresses modern human biological variation from historical, comparative, evolutionary, biomedical, and cultural perspectives. It is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of comparative biology, evolutionary theory, and genetics.

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INTEGBI 37 Topics in Paleontology: The Antecedents of Man 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
. Open without prerequisite toall students and designed for those not specializing in paleontology. Survey the evolution, ecology, and history of the primate order. Special emphasis will be given to primate origins, geographic distribution, and the evolution of the human lineage.

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INTEGBI 39C Topics in Integrative Biology 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Reading and discussion of the literature on particular topics in the field of integrative biology. Term paper and oral presentation. Section topics will vary from semester to semester. Students should check with department secretary for each semester's offerings.

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INTEGBI 41 Marine Mammals 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
A survey of marine mammal evolution, biology, behavior, ecology, and politics with a concentration on those species found in the North Pacific. Coverage would include: origin and evolution of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and sea otters; basic biology and anatomy of marine mammal groups, and North Pacific species in particular; ecological interactions and role in nearshore and pelagic marine communities; and interactions between
humans and marine mammals.
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INTEGBI 42 Primate Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1996 10 Week Session
An introduction to the order of mammals of which we are members. The niches of primates in modern ecosystems, their anatomical and behavorial specialization, and their role as indicator species in conservation. The mechanisms and variety of primate social organization compared with that of other animals.

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INTEGBI 77A Integrative Human Biology 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Each week a different Integrative Biology faculty member will give a one hour lecture on how their research field contributes to our understanding of human biology. The integration of the disciplines of evolution, ecology, paleontology, comparative physiology, and comparative anatomy in the study of how humans function in ecosystems illuminates our understanding of human biology. During each presentation, the faculty member will also inform students about IB courses
they teach, research in their lab, and which Berkeley Natural History Museum they may be affiliated with. This course gives undergraduates an opportunity to learn about the spectrum of research and courses offered by the different IB faculty.
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INTEGBI 77B Integrative Human Biology 1 Unit

Terms offered: Not yet offered
Each week a different Integrative Biology faculty member will give a one hour lecture on how their research field contributes to our understanding of human biology. The integration of the disciplines of evolution, ecology, paleontology, comparative physiology, and comparative anatomy in the study of how humans function in ecosystems illuminates our understanding of human biology. During each presentation, the faculty member will also inform students about IB courses
they teach, research in their lab, and which Berkeley Natural History Museum they may be affiliated with. This course gives undergraduates an opportunity to learn about the spectrum of research and courses offered by the different IB faculty.
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INTEGBI C82 Oceans 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course offers multidisciplinary approach to begin answering the question "Why are oceans important to us?" Upon a physical, chemical, and geologic base, we introduce the alien world of sea life, the importance of the ocean to the global carbon cycle, and the principles of ecology with a focus on the important concept of energy flow through food webs. Lectures expand beyond science to include current topics as diverse as music, movies
, mythology, biomechanics, policy, and trade.
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INTEGBI 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2011
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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INTEGBI 87 Introduction to Research Methods in Biology 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2014 8 Week Session, Summer 2013 8 Week Session, Summer 2012 8 Week Session
This course provides a functional understanding of hypothesis/data driven research and exposure to current approaches and methods in biological science. The lectures address foundational concepts of the scientific method, research ethics, scientific communication, and how to understand scientific literature. The labs provide exposure to faculty research and experimental methods. The course is geared
to incoming freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students interested in learning more about research.
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INTEGBI 88 Leadership Communications for Biology Scholars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
Leadership skills and abilities such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and resourcefulness are critical to academic, professional, and personal success. The need for enlightened leaders is evident in every aspect of health and science such as designing innovative health programs, obtaining funding, conducting cutting-edge research, developing and gaining support to implement policy solutions. This course provides an understanding
of the principles of leadership and communications for students in the Biology Scholars Program. Students will nurture those traits in themselves and apply those principles in situations specifically related to the health and science sectors.
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INTEGBI 95 Special Research Project in Biology 1B 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Students enrolled in Biology 1B can participate in special field research in addition to attending regular laboratory sections. Students work independently with minimal supervision. Students will learn how to develop a project, collect and record data, conduct and analyze experiments, write a report, and make an oral presentation. Project may require traveling to off-campus sites, and may include night or weekend work.

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INTEGBI C96 Studying the Biological Sciences 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Freshmen will be introduced to the "culture" of the biological sciences, along with an in-depth orientation to the academic life and the culture of the university as they relate to majoring in biology. Students will learn concepts, skills, and information that they can use in their major course, and as future science professionals. Restricted to freshmen in the biology scholars program.

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INTEGBI 98 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Lectures and small group discussions focusing on topics of interest, varying from semester to semester.

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INTEGBI 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Lower division independent study and research intended for the academically superior student. Enrollment only with prior approval of faculty adviser directing the research.

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INTEGBI 100B Principles of Biodiversity 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2002, Spring 2001
Biogeographic, temporal, and historical patterns of change in biological diversity; phylogenetics and systematics; processes involved in origin and extinction of taxa and floras/faunas; population structure and demography (including human populations); community processes and maintenance of diversity; ecosystem function; global change; human uses of and effects on biodiversity; conservation biology.

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INTEGBI C100 Communicating Ocean Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
For undergraduates interested in improving their ability to communicate their scientific knowledge by teaching ocean science in elementary schools or science centers/aquariums. The course will combine instruction in inquiry-based teaching methods and learning pedagogy with six weeks of supervised teaching experience in a local school classroom or the Lawrence Hall of Science with a partner. Thus, students will practice communicating scientific
knowledge and receive mentoring on how to improve their presentations.
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INTEGBI 102LF Introduction to California Plant Life with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
The relationship of the main plant groups and the plant communities of California to climate, soils, vegetation, geological and recent history, and conservation. Laboratory will also include at least two Saturday field trips and focus on main plant groups and major plant families in California, and use of keys to identify introduced and especially native pteridophytes, conifers, and flowering plants of the state.

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INTEGBI 103LF Invertebrate Zoology with Laboratory 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
Introductory survey of the biology of invertebrates, stressing comparative functional morphology, phylogeny, natural history, and aspects of physiology and development. Laboratory study of invertebrate diversity and functional morphology, and field study of the natural history of local marine invertebrates.

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INTEGBI 104LF Natural History of the Vertebrates with Laboratory 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Biology of the vertebrates, exclusive of fish. Laboratory and field study of local vertebrates exclusive of fish.

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INTEGBI C105 Natural History Museums and Biodiversity Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
(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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INTEGBI 106A Physical and Chemical Environment of the Ocean 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2010, Spring 2008
The biological implications of marine physics and chemistry. History and properties of seawater. Geophysical fluids. Currents and circulations. Deep sea. Waves, tides, and bottom boundary layers. The coastal ocean; estuaries. Air/sea interaction. Mixing. Formation of water masses. Modeling biological and geochemical processes. Ocean and climate change.

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INTEGBI C107L Principles of Plant Morphology with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An analysis of the structural diversity of land plants plants with emphasis on the developmental mechanisms responsible for this variation in morphology and the significance of this diversity in relation to adaptation and evolution.

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INTEGBI C109 Evolution and Ecology of Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
From the seahorse’s body to the venus flytrap’s jaws to the human brain, nature abounds with amazing adaptations. This interdisciplinary course explores how and why such biodiversity evolves as well as what limits diversity. Lectures and case studies will focus on core concepts, recent advances, and integrative approaches, placing special emphasis on the interplay between gene regulatory networks, the environment, and population genetics.

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INTEGBI C110L Biology of Fungi with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014
Selected aspects of fungi: their structure, reproduction, physiology, ecology, genetics and evolution; their role in plant disease, human welfare, and industry. Offered even fall semesters.

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INTEGBI 112 Horticultural Methods in the Botanical Garden 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2015
An introduction to horticultural techniques utilizing the diverse collections of the University Botanical Garden.

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INTEGBI 113L Paleobiological Perspectives on Ecology and Evolution 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will center around answering the following questions: What do the fossil and geologic records have to tell us about the nature of ecological and evolutionary processes? What do they teach us that cannot be learned from the living world alone? In answering these questions, the course will provide an introduction to the analysis of key problems in paleobiology, with an emphasis on how evolutionary and ecological processes operate
on geologic timescales.
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INTEGBI 114 Infectious Disease Dynamics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Many of the challenges of managing infectious disease are essentially ecological and evolutionary problems. Disease follows the rules of species interactions as it spreads through host populations while resistance to antibiotics occurs through the rules of evolutionary biology. The key aim of the module is to teach ecological and evolutionary principles in the light of infectious diseases affecting human populations and societies as well as agriculture and wildlife.
This is applied ecology and applied evolution writ large.
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INTEGBI 115 Introduction to Systems in Biology and Medicine 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
This course is aimed at students wishing to understand the general principles of how biological systems operate. Topics include feedback regulation; competition and cooperation; genetic switches and circuits; random processes; chaos; mechanisms for error correction; and the properties of networks. Examples are selected from many fields including medicine, physiology, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. Students will learn to
conceptualize and quantify interactions within biological systems using simple mathematical models and computer programs. No previous experience in programming is required.
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INTEGBI 116L Medical Parasitology 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course includes the biology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of various medically important parasitic infections. Life cycles of parasitic helminths and protozoa, the biological aspects of the host-parasite relationship, the epidemiology of the infection, and the interplay of social, economical, and ecological factors which contribute to the disease will
be covered in both lectures and videos.
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INTEGBI 117 Medical Ethnobotany 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Biological diversity and ethno-linguistic diversity sustain traditional botanical medicine systems of the world. Major topics covered in this course include cultural origins of medicinal plant knowledge on plant-derived pharmaceuticals and phytomedicines; field research methods in ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology; examples of how traditional botanical medicines provide safe, effective, affordable, and sustainable primary health care to tropical
countries; human physiology, human diseases, and mechanisms of action of plant-derived drugs.
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INTEGBI 117LF Medical Ethnobotany Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Laboratory will focus on studying medicinal plants from the major ecosystems and geographical regions of the world. Students will learn common names, scientific names, plant families, field identification, habitats, and ethnomedical uses of medicinal plants. How the medicinal plant is prepared, administered, and used as a phytomedicine will also be discussed. There will be reference to the phylogenetic relationships between the plant families and
genera represented by the medicinal plants.
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INTEGBI 118 Host-Pathogen Interactions: A Trans-Discipline Outlook 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The second half of the 20th century is marked by great strides in the battle against infectious diseases. However, the forces that drive pathogen evolution continue to pose new challenges for science and medicine. In this course we will cover various aspects relating to host-pathogen interactions, focusing on animals and their bacterial pathogens. We will address the ecology of host-pathogen interactions, their shaping by co-evolution, examine
prominent molecular mechanisms taking part in this warfare and learn how ancient mechanisms are used and reused through millions of years of evolution. The course will examine how better understanding of host-pathogen interactions can suggest new strategies for fighting infectious diseases.

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INTEGBI 119 Evaluating Scientific Evidence in Medicine 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2013
A course in critical analysis of medical reports and studies using recent controversial topics in medicine. Course will focus on information gathering, hypothesis testing, evaluating study design, methodological problems, mechanisms of bias, interpretation of results, statistics, and attribution of causation. Students participate in a mock trial as a way to demonstrate their abilities to gather, critically analyze, and present scientific and
medical evidence.
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INTEGBI 123AL Exercise and Environmental Physiology with Laboratory 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Discussion of how chemical energy is captured within cells and how potential chemical energy is converted to muscular work. Energetics, direct and indirect calorimetry, pathways of carbon flow in exercise, ventilation, circulation, skeletal muscle fiber types. Laboratory component of the course is to obtain practical experience in the measurement of physiological parameters and to be able to compile, compare, contrast, and interpret physiological
data. Laboratory demonstrations and exercises will explain lecture content.
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INTEGBI C125L Introduction to the Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Basic biomechanical and anatomical concepts of human movement and their application to fundamental movement patterns, exercise, and sport skills.

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INTEGBI 127L Motor Control with Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Neural control of movement in humans and other animals. Lectures introduce basic theories of information and control, analyze motor control at the spinal level, survey anatomy and physiology of motor systems of the brain, and synthesize theory and physiology to understand control systems that regulate posture, locomotion, and voluntary movements. In laboratories, students learn theory and motor physiology hands-on, and design and perform independent
investigations.
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INTEGBI 128 Sports Medicine 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
Survey course of sports medicine including topics of athletic injury (cause, evaluation, and treatment options), exercise physiology, exercise and health, fitness testing, issues specific to female athletes, drug abuse in sports, environmental issues (heat, altitude, sun exposure), nutrition, careers in sports medicine, introduction to clinical research.

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INTEGBI C129L Human Physiological Assessment 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Principles and theories of human physiological assessment in relation to physical activity and conditioning. Performance of laboratory procedures in the measurement and interpretation of physiological fitness (cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, musculoskeletal fitness).

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INTEGBI 131 General Human Anatomy 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
The functional anatomy of the human body as revealed by gross and microscopic examination. Designed to be taken concurrently with 131L.

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INTEGBI 131A Applied Anatomy 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
A series of 15 lectures by former students of 131 who have become successful physicians and surgeons. The purpose is to provide the practical applications of anatomy, e.g., plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, pathologists, etc.

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INTEGBI 131L General Human Anatomy Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Prepared human dissections, models, and microscopic slides.

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INTEGBI 132 Survey of Human Physiology 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Mechanisms by which key physiological priorities are maintained in healthy humans. From a basis in elementary theories of information and control, we develop an understanding of homeostasis of cellular composition, structure, and energy metabolism. We then study neural and endocrine signaling in humans, and develop the key concepts of control and homeostasis in all the major organ and multi-organ systems, including
cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, metabolic, reproductive, and immune systems, growth and development, and sensory and motor systems.
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INTEGBI 132L Mammalian Physiology Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
In the laboratory component of Integrative Biology 132, students gain hands-on experience measuring physiological parameters, interpreting physiological data, designing experiments, and communicating ideas in writing and orally. Guided investigations include measurements of membrane potentials, responses of skeletal muscle to electrical stimulation, electromyography, pulmonary and cardiovascular measurements
in humans, contractility and regulation of the frog heart, human electrocardiography, and renal control of body fluids. In two independent investigations, students identify their own questions, develop hypotheses, design and perform experiments, and present their studies in symposia. Background in elementary statistics, data analysis and oral presentation are also provided.
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INTEGBI 133 Anatomy Enrichment Program 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
The purpose of the course is for University students to teach human anatomy to grades K-7 in the public schools. The UCB students work in groups of 2-3 to plan their presentations of the systems of the body and then enter the school rooms to teach what they have learned in 131.

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INTEGBI 135 The Mechanics of Organisms 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Organism design in terms of mechanical principles; basics of fluid and solid mechanics with examples of their biological implications, stressing the dependence of mechanical behavior and locomotion on the structure of molecules, tissues, structural elements, whole organisms, and habitats.

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INTEGBI C135L Laboratory in the Mechanics of Organisms 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Introduction to laboratory and field study of the biomechanics of animals and plants using fundamental biomechanical techniques and equipment. Course has a series of rotations involving students in experiments demonstrating how solid and fluid mechanics can be used to discover the way in which diverse organisms move and interact with their physical environment. The laboratories emphasize sampling methodology, experimental design
, and statistical interpretation of results. Latter third of course devoted to independent research projects. Written reports and class presentation of project results are required.
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INTEGBI 136 The Biology of Sex 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Summer 1991 10 Week Session
The ability to reproduce is a defining characteristic of life, and of great interest to biologists as well as humanity in general. What is sex, and why did it develop? Why do we have sexual reproduction, whereas some animals do not? This course will provide a comprehensive overview on the biology of sex from an evolutionary perspective with an emphasis on humans in comparison to other species. The course will consist of two lectures each
week, and a lab where we discuss a paper, watch videos, or have discussion sections on specific topics that were covered in class.
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INTEGBI 137 Human Endocrinology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Course will address the role of hormones in physiology with a focus on humans. Regulation of hormone secretion and mechanisms of hormone action will be discussed. Physiological processes to be addressed include reproduction, metabolism, water balance, growth, fetal development. Experimental and clinical aspects will be addressed.

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INTEGBI 138 Comparative Endocrinology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the evolution of hormonal systems. A comparative approach allows us to envisage how the complex mammalian endocrine system presumably evolved from that of more primitive vertebrates. Students will learn about endocrine pathways and endocrine-based behaviors of jawless fishes, fishes, amphibia, reptiles, birds, and mammals. In addition, students will gain
an understanding of the experimental methods used in endocrine research. The class teaches students how to read and interpret the primary scientific literature; thus it encourages the critical thinking that is a fundamental skill for any scientist.
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INTEGBI 139 The Neurobiology of Stress 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed to be an interdisciplinary course. It will adopt a broad-based approach to explore the concepts of stress, health, and disease, with a particular focus on current primary literature. The course will cover multiple dimensions in the study of stress, which employ genetic, epigenetic, molecular, cellular, physiological, and cognitive approaches, especially in the context of endocrine and neuroscience research. We will analyze
the individual response to stress, how genetic and environmental factors play a role in it, how it translates to physiological and mental health and well-being vs. pathological conditions, and put that in a public health perspective.

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INTEGBI 140 Biology of Human Reproduction 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Course focuses on biological and cultural aspects of human reproduction including conception, embryology, pregnancy, labor, delivery, lactation, infant/child development, puberty, and reproductive aging. This includes study of factors that diminish and factors that enhance fertility, reproduction, and maternal-child health. We explore evolutionary, ecological, environmental, cultural, ethnobiological, and nutritional determinants of fertility
, reproductive rate, infant survival, and population growth.
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INTEGBI 141 Human Genetics 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Principles of inheritance, especially as applied to human traits, including molecular aspects of genetics, the genetic constitutions of populations, and questions of heredity/environment.

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INTEGBI C142L Introduction to Human Osteology 6 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
An intensive study of the human skeleton, reconstruction of individual and population characteristics, emphasizing methodology and analysis of human populations from archaeological and paleontological contexts, taphonomy, and paleopathology.

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INTEGBI C143A Biological Clocks: Physiology and Behavior 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
A consideration of the biological clocks that generate daily, lunar, seasonal and annual rhythms in various animals including people. Emphasis on neuroendocrine substrates, development and adaptive significance of estrous cycles, feeding rhythms, sleep-wakefulness cycles, reproductive and hibernation cycles, body weight and migratory cycles.

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INTEGBI C143B Hormones and Behavior 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course provides a comprehensive overview of behavorial endocrinology beginning with hormone production and actions on target issues and continuing with an exploration of a variety of behaviors and their hormonal regulation/consequences. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the reciprocal interactions between the neuroendocrine system and behavior, considering the effects of hormone on development and adult behavior in addition
to how behavior regulates endocrine physiology. While much of the course focuses on non-human vertebrate species, the relevance to humans is explored where appropriate. Topics include sexual differentiation and sex differences in behavior, reproductive, parental, and aggressive behaviors, and hormonal and behavioral homeostatic regulation.
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INTEGBI C144 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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INTEGBI C145 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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INTEGBI 146LF Behavioral Ecology with Laboratory 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
An in-depth examination of the ecological and evolutionary bases for behavioral diversity. Topics covered include behavior as an adaptive response, sexual selection, animal mating systems, group living, and cooperative and competitive interactions. Current conceptual approaches to these topics are explored, with an emphasis upon rigorous testing of hypotheses drawn from primary literature. Hands-on laboratory training in the methods of experimental
design, data collection, and data analysis.
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INTEGBI 147 Biology of Aging 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will focus on studying the molecular mechanisms of aging and the age-related changes that take place in cells and tissues. It introduces animal models used for the study of the genetics and biochemistry of aging as well as discusses the similarities and differences in aging mechanisms across species. Students will learn the age-related changes taking place in the major physiological systems in humans. Special attention will be given to differentiating
normal aging processes from diseases that normally affect the elderly.
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INTEGBI 148 Comparative Animal Physiology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Comparative study of physiological systems among animal phyla. General physiological principles will be illustrated by examining variation in neural, muscular, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and osmoregulatory systems. Students will read original literature and give a group presentation in a symposium.

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INTEGBI 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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INTEGBI 150 Evolutionary Environmental Physiology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 1996
Evolutionary physiology studies how physiological traits arise and are modified during adaptation to the environment. An integrative understanding of the origin and maintenance of physiological traits, encompassing levels of biological hierarchy from molecular to ecological and biogeographic, is essential for improving human health and stewarding the natural world through the current era of rapid environmental change. This course consists
of three parts: 1) big questions in evolutionary physiology and how they are addressed; 2) a student-led exploration of how environmental factors have shaped physiological evolution; and 3) predicting responses to global change using evolutionary physiology.
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INTEGBI 151 Plant Physiological Ecology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2009
This course focuses on a survey of physiological approaches to understanding plant-environment interactions from the functional perspective. Lectures cover physiological adaptation; limiting factors; resources acquisition/allocation; photosynthesis, carbon, energy balance; water use and relations; nutrient relations; linking physiology; stable isotope applications in ecophysiology; stress physiology; life history and physiology; evolution
of physiological performance; physiology population, community, and ecosystem levels.
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INTEGBI 151L Plant Physiological Ecology Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2009
The laboratory is focused on instructing you on observational and experimental approaches and methods used in plant physiological ecology. Students are introduced to a wide range of techniques and will make measurements on different plant species growing in the field or greenhouse (weeks 1-7). A group research project is required (weeks 9-12).

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INTEGBI 152 Environmental Toxicology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
The environmental fate and effect of toxic substances from human activities, with emphasis on aquatic systems, including their biological effects from the molecular to the community level. Course will review pollutant types, principal sources, impacts on aquatic organisms, monitoring approaches, and regulatory issues.

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INTEGBI 153 Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Principles of microbial, animal, and plant population ecology, illustrated with examples from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. Consideration of the roles of physical and biological processes in structuring natural communities. Observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches to population and community ecology will be discussed. Topics will include quantitative approaches relying on algebra, graph analysis, and elementary calculus.
Discussion section will review recent literature in ecology.
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INTEGBI 154 Plant Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
An introduction to ecology of plants, covering individuals, populations, communities, and global processes. Topics include: form and function, population ecology, life histories, community structure and dynamics, disturbance and succession, diversity and global change.

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INTEGBI 154L Plant Ecology Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2005
Field and laboratory class in plant ecology. Laboratory exercises covering plant functional morphology, dispersal ecology, spatial dispersion in plant populations, environmental gradients and plant distributions, population dynamics simulations, and restoration ecology. Small-group independents projects, with write-ups and presentations. Concurrent enrollment in Integrative Biology 154 is required.

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INTEGBI C155 Holocene Paleoecology: How Humans Changed the Earth 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2011, Spring 1998
Since the end of the Pleistocene and especially with the development of agriculturally based societies humans have had cumulative and often irreversible impacts on natural landscapes and biotic resources worldwide. Thus "global change" and the biodiversity crisis are not exclusively developments of the industrial and post-industrial world. This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing upon methods and data from archaeology
, palynology, geomorphology, paleontology, and historical ecology to unravel the broad trends of human ecodynamics over the past 10,000 years.
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INTEGBI C156 Principles of Conservation Biology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
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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INTEGBI 157LF Ecosystems of California 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The ecosystems of California are studied from both an ecological and historical biogeographical perspective with a focus on terrestrial plant communities. Students learn how to identify about 150 species of native plants (mostly trees, but also other dominant plants from the non-forest biomes). Field trips occur each Friday and over several weekends. Students conduct group projects that involve plant inventories and data collection as well as how
to collect plant specimens and use the Herbarium.
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INTEGBI 158LF 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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INTEGBI 159 The Living Planet: Impact of the Biosphere on the Earth System 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Earth is a complex dynamic system. Interplay between its components (solid earth, oceans, and atmosphere) governs conditions on the planet's outside that we and other biota inhabit. In turn, life asserts a vast influence on the abiotic components; in fact, the biosphere itself is a crucial system component. We will explore the effect that 3.5 billion years of evolving biosphere had on System Earth and vice versa (e.g., in terms of climate), including
the recent human impact on the system.
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INTEGBI 160 Evolution 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An analysis of the patterns and processes of organic evolution. History and philosophy of evolutionary thought; the different lines of evidence and fields of inquiry that bear on the understanding of evolution. The major features and processes of evolution through geologic times; the generation of new forms and new lineages; extinction; population processes of selection, adaptation, and other forces; genetics, genomics, and the molecular basis
of evolution; evolutionary developmental biology; sexual selection; behavorial evolution; applications of evolutionary biology to medical, agricultural, conservational, and anthropological research.
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INTEGBI 161 Population and Evolutionary Genetics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Population genetics provides the theoretical foundation for modern evolutionary thinking. It also provides a basis for understanding genetic variation within populations. We will study population genetic theory and use it to illuminate a number of different topics, including the existence of sex, altruism and cooperation, genome evolution speciation, and human genetic variation and evolution.

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INTEGBI 162 Ecological Genetics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2010
This course integrates ecology, genetics, and evolutionary biology. It presents contemporary approaches to studying evolution in natural populations, including analyzing heritability of ecologically important traits, using molecular techniques to decompose genotypes, documenting and measuring the magnitude of selection in natural systems, and using models to predict evolution in natural populations. Case studies are used to examine evolutionary
effects of ecological interactions among organisms, the importance of population size and structure, and interactions among populations through migration and dispersal.
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INTEGBI 163 Molecular and Genomic Evolution 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
This course will introduce undergraduates to the study of evolution using molecular and genomic methods. Topics included will be rates of evolution, evolution of sex chromosomes, insertions and deletions of DNA sequences, evolution of regulatory genetic elements, methods of phylogenetic inference, gene duplication, multigene families, transposons, genome organization, gene transfer, and DNA polymorphism within species.

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INTEGBI 164 Human Genetics and Genomics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course will introduce students to basic principles of genetics, including transmissions genetics, gene regulation, pedigree analysis, genetic mapping, population genetics, and the principles of molecular evolution. The course will also introduce students to recent developments in genomics as applied to problems in human genetic diseases, human history, and the relationship between humans and their closest relatives.

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INTEGBI 166 Evolutionary Biogeography 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
The goals of the course are to (a) examine how geographically-linked characteristics of species influence their potential for evolution and extinction; (b) provide an overview of approaches for studying the interplay between geographic ranges, environment, evolution, and extinction; and (c) examine how human impacts over-ride the biogeographic processes and patterns that prevailed before people dominated the planet.



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INTEGBI 167 Evolution and Earth History: From Genes to Fossils 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2007
The diversity of life is the product of evolutionary changes. This course will integrate fossil and molecular data to consider some of the outstanding questions in the study of evolution. Major topics covered include the origin and early evolution of life, the expansion of the biosphere through time, the generation of variation and the mechanisms of natural selection, genetics and developmental evolution, and the relationships between microevolution
and macroevolution.


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INTEGBI 168 Systematics of Vascular Plants 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2007
A discussion of the philosophy, principles, techniques, and history of botanical systemics. An outline of the major group of vascular plants and their evolution.

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INTEGBI 168L Systematics of Vascular Plants with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
A discussion of the philosophy, principles, techniques, and history of botanical systemics. An outline of the major group of vascular plant and their evolution. Laboratory course devoted to a survey on a world-wide basis of the diversity of vascular plant families.

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INTEGBI 169 Evolutionary Medicine 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course explores the ways that evolutionary theory, natural selection, drift, genetics, and epigenetics can illuminate our understanding of human health and disease. The course begins with an overview of primate and hominid evolution and human genetic variation. We then evaluate reproductive biology and maternal/child health through an evolutionary lens. We explore how human ecosystem interactions influence diet, metabolic adaptations
, hematological adaptions, human microbiome, and human pathogens. We examine evolutionary concepts related to aging, senescence and development of cancer. Finally we study psychology, behavior, and social/cultural organization through an evolutionary perspective.
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INTEGBI 170LF Methods in Population and Community Ecology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015
This course is a hands-on introduction to common research methods in population and community ecology. Each method and its application are first presented in a lecture session, illustrated with published examples. The method is then practiced in a subsequent group field exercise, conducted in a local terrestrial, aquatic, or marine habitat. The course focuses on sampling methods, experimental designs, and statistical analyses used to investigate patterns
of species distribution and abundance, interspecific associations, and local species diversity. Graded assignments include write-ups of field exercise results, and an in-depth review paper and oral in-class presentation on an ecological method of particular interest to the student.
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INTEGBI C171 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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INTEGBI 172 Coevolution: From Genes to Ecosystems 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
The biological world is shaped by interactions among species. These inter-specific interactions, such as between predators and prey, plants and pollinators, or hosts and pathogens, have led to an impressive array of adaptations, helping to explain the incredible organismal and genetic diversity on Earth. Our understanding of coevolution (the responses to reciprocal selection acting on two interacting populations) has been greatly facilitated in the last few years
by conceptual advancements, new methods allowing direct tests of theory, next generation sequencing technology, and the advance of ‘omics’ approaches.
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INTEGBI 173LF Mammalogy with Laboratory 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
An advanced course in the biology of mammals. Topics covered include elements of modern mammalian biology such as morphology, physiology, ecology, and behavior. For all topics, the traits that define mammals are emphasized, as is the variation on these themes evident within modern mammalian lineages. Laboratory and field explore the biology of modern mammals. Laboratories use the extensive collections of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology to introduce
students to mammalian diversity in a phylogenetic context.
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INTEGBI 174LF Ornithology with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
An advanced course in the biology of birds. Laboratory: an introduction to the diversity, morphology, and general ecology of birds of the world.

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INTEGBI 175LF Herpetology with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Lectures will introduce students to the diversity of amphibians and reptiles on a world-wide basis, with an emphasis on systematics, ecology, morphology, and life history. Laboratories will teach students the diagnostic characteristics and some functional attributes of amphibians and reptiles on a world-wide basis. Field trips will acquaint students with techniques for collecting, preserving, identifying, and studying amphibians and reptiles.

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INTEGBI C176L 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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INTEGBI 177LF Ichthyology 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
We will study the anatomy, physiology, life history, diversity, evolution, behavior, biogeography and ecology of the fishes, the most diverse of all vertebrate groups and the dominant group of vertebrates in aquatic habitats. Aside from serving as a comprehensive introduction to the science of ichthyology, the course will provide a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology, evolution, life history, and ecology and will prepare you well for careers in fisheries science
, ichthyology, aquaculture, oceanography or vertebrate biology.
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INTEGBI 181L Paleobotany - The 500-Million Year History of a Greening Planet 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2000
Introduction to the evolution of plants and terrestrial
ecosystems through time. From the invasion of land to the present, we will follow the
evolution of major plant groups through important moments of the Phanerozoic eon (the past
540 million years). By studying fossilized plant assemblages, we will interpret how major
environmental changes unfolded across landscapes in the past and how plants have influenced
the shaping
of our planet. Lectures will be complemented by an interactive laboratory covering
paleobotanical research techniques, study of fossil and living plant form and function in the lab
and field, and analysis of peer-reviewed literature.

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INTEGBI 183L Evolution of the Vertebrates with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
Introduction to vertebrate paleontology, focusing on the history and phylogeny of vertebrates ranging from fishes to humans. Emphasis: evolution, taxonomy, functional morphology, faunas through time, problems in vertebrate history, including diversity through time and extinction. Laboratory: vertebrate fossils, focusing on demonstration and study of problems related to taxonomy, evolution, functional morphology, structures, preservation of
fossil vertebrates, and their faunas through time.
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INTEGBI 184L Morphology of the Vertebrate Skeleton with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
Lectures on comparative osteology of vertebrates, with emphasis on selected groups of terrestrial vertebrates considered in paleoecological, paleoclimatological, and biostratigraphic analyses. Laboratory: comparative osteology of vertebrates, with emphasis on selected groups of vertebrates. Structure, anatomy, morphology, function, and development of the vertebrate skeleton.

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INTEGBI C185L Human Paleontology 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Origin and relationships of the extinct forms of mankind.

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INTEGBI C187 Human Biogeography of the Pacific 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013
This course examines the history of human dispersal across Oceania from the perspectives of biogeography and evolutionary ecology. H. sapiens faced problems of dispersal, colonization, and extinction, and adapted in a variety of ways to the diversity of insular ecosystems. A dual evolutionary model takes into account cultural evolution and transmission, as well as biological evolution of human populations. This course also explores the impacts of human
populations on isolated and fragile insular ecosystems, and the reciprocal effects of anthropogenic change on human cultures.
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INTEGBI 190 Seminar for Integrative Biology Majors 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This upper-division undergraduate course will allow students to pursue specialized topics in biology in a seminar format. The specific content of the course will vary based on the topic and the instructor. In general, weekly meetings will provide a forum for extended discussion of selected aspects of evolutionary biology. Supplementary readings and assignments will provide critical background information and keep students engaged in relevant
topics between weekly meetings.
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INTEGBI 191 Directed Undergraduate Research 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
This course is intended for advanced undergraduates wishing to pursue independent research projects under the mentorship of an IB faculty member. Research projects will be rigorous and will provide significant training in the methods of evoluntionary research. A project proposal is required to enroll and students are expected to porduce a substantial written summary of their work.

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INTEGBI 194 Undergraduate Student Instructor for Integrative Biology Courses 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
UGSI will work under supervision of instructor and/or GSI. The UGSI will attend any mandatory preparatory and review meetings, be available in the classroom (discussion or laboratory) to respond to student questions, facilitate lesson plans, perform other tasks as assigned. UGSIs do not evaluate students' work or assign grades.

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INTEGBI C195 Introduction to Global Health Disparities Research 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is designed to prepare trainees in the UC Berkeley "Minority Health/Global Health" (MH/GH) program to conduct a ten-week infectious disease research project in a disease-endemic country. The course provides a background in neglected tropical disease research, international research ethics, and the conduct of health research in low-resource settings.

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INTEGBI H196A Thesis Course 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Individual study and research for at least one academic year on a special problem to be chosen in consultation with a member of the staff; preparation of the thesis on broader aspects of this work.

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INTEGBI H196B Thesis Course 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
Individual study and research for at least one academic year on a special problem to be chosen in consultation with a member of the staff; preparation of the thesis on broader aspects of this work.

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INTEGBI 197 Supervised Internship 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Supervised experience relevant to specific topics of biology in off-campus organizations. Written report and evaluation from internship supervisor required.

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INTEGBI 198 Supervised Group Study and Research By Upper Division Students 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Undergraduate research by small groups.

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INTEGBI 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session
Enrollment restrictions apply; see department.

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INTEGBI 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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INTEGBI 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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INTEGBI 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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INTEGBI 206 Statistical Phylogenetics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This course is aimed at students who wish to understand the evolutionary models and methods for estimating phylogenies (which are trees representing how organisms are related to one another). Topics include continuous-time Markov chains as applied in phylogenetics; maximum likelihood estimation; Bayesian estimation; the combinatorics of evolutionary trees; Markov chain Monte Carlo; distance and parsimony methods for estimating trees; optimization
strategies for finding best trees. Students will learn to write computer programs that implement many of the methods discussed in class, and apply their knowledge in a research project.
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INTEGBI C215 Communicating Ocean Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
For graduate students interested in improving their ability to communicate their scientific knowledge by teaching ocean science in elementary schools or science centers/aquariums. The course will combine instruction in inquiry-based teaching methods and learning pedagogy with six weeks of supervised teaching experience in a local school classroom or the Lawrence Hall of Science with a partner. Thus, students
will practice communicating scientific knowledge and receive mentoring on how to improve their presentations.
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INTEGBI 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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INTEGBI C217 Biomimetic Engineering -- Engineering from Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2014, Fall 2010
Study of nature's solutions to specific problems with the aim of determining appropriate engineering analogs. Morphology, scaling, and design in organisms applied to engineering structures. Mechanical principles in nature and their application to engineering devices. Mechanical behavior of biological materials as governed by underlying microstructure, with the potential for synthesis into engineered materials. Trade-offs between redundancy and
efficiency. Students will work in teams on projects where they will take examples of designs, concepts, and models from biology and determine their potential in specific engineering applications.
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INTEGBI 222 Seminar in Locomotion Energetics and Biomechanics 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2009, Fall 2008
Discussion and critique of scientific literature and current topics in the biomechanics and energetic cost of locomotion. Emphasis on terrestrial-legged locomotion. Topics include efficiency, musculoskeletal design, energy-saving mechanisms, muscle mechanics, gaits, effects of scaling, and comparative aspects.

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INTEGBI 223 Seminar in Physiological Bases of Physical Activity 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Immediate and long-range adaptations of the body to exercise. Physiological limits and work capacities in relation to age, sex, diet, environmental factors, and nature of activity.

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INTEGBI C226 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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INTEGBI C227 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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INTEGBI 230 Marine Science Review 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Reports and discussion of original research in marine science.

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INTEGBI 232 Seminar in Biomechanics 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Presentation, discussion, and critique of current literature in scientific research and current topics in comparative biomechanics which include solid and fluid mechanics, locomotion, and energetics.

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INTEGBI 234 Seminar on Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Review of current research activity and literature concerning the biology of amphibians and reptiles.

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INTEGBI 241 Advanced Topics in Endocrine-Regulated Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
This course will examine intentional endocrine disruption, such as the use of pharmaceuticals to regulate hormones in humans, livestock, and wildlife. We will also evaluate endocrine disrupting pollutants and their impacts on wildlife and humans, including their potential role in cancer.

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INTEGBI 246 Seminars in Systems Biology 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
This course discusses seminal papers in the field of systems biology with particular emphasis on gene regulation and cell biology. The course covers the critical analysis of primary research data, computational modeling, and important theoretical concepts in systems biology. Topics vary from year to year.

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INTEGBI 248 Comparative Physiology and Endocrinology Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Reviews and reports of current research in vertebrate endocrinology and physiology.

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INTEGBI 249 Seminar on Evolutionary Genetics 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Fall 2002
Recent developments in evolutionary genetics will be discussed in a seminar format.

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INTEGBI 250 Seminar in Ecology 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Spring 2013
Readings and discussion of current topics.

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INTEGBI 251 Ecological Research Reviews 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Reports and discussions of original research.

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INTEGBI 257 Current Topics in Behavioral Physiology 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Fall 1999
Topics to vary. Report and discussion of current literature.

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INTEGBI 259 Advanced Paleoecology 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2011, Spring 2009
Topics vary from year to year but will include paleoecology of major groups of organisms or major environments from population, community evolutionary, or taxonomic persepectives.

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INTEGBI 262 Seminar in Computational Biology 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Fall 2008
Students will discuss original papers in the general area of computational biology and will discuss new research presented by instructors in the course and by invited speakers from other departments at UC Berkeley and from other universities and research groups.

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INTEGBI 263 Genetics and the Evolution of the Skeleton 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2012
In this seminar, we will explore the genetic underpinnings of vertebrate skeletal variation and review how such information is being incorporated into evolutionary and paleontological studies. Topics include quantitative genetic analyses of cranial variation and developmental genetics of the limb and dentition. This course will be tailored each semester to cover new research; therefore, students may enroll in this course multiple semesters.

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INTEGBI 264 Seminar in Evolutionary Biology of the Vertebrates 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Presentation of results of original research by students, faculty, and visitors.

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INTEGBI 265 Advanced Studies in Hominid Paleobiology 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This is a graduate level course that focuses on special topics within hominid evolutionary studies. The topic for each semester will be decided upon during the first class meeting. Previous advanced training in biology, human evolutionary studies, and evolutionary theory is required.

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INTEGBI 268 Seminar in Evolution above the Species Level 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2006, Fall 2004
Current issues in macroevolution and paleobiology, using both neontological and paleontological data.

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INTEGBI 281 Seminar in Evolution 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Advanced study and current literature in various fields of evolution. Topics vary from year to year.

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INTEGBI 283 Seminar in Vertebrate Evolution and Paleontology 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Presentations and discussions of original research and new literature in vertebrate evolution and paleontology. Syllabus and reading list will vary as topics change from semester to semester. Open to Undergraduate students with permission. Enrollment limit: 20.

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INTEGBI 286 Seminars in Paleontology 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Advanced study and current literature in various fields of paleontology. Topics vary from year to year.

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INTEGBI 290 Research Seminar 1 - 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Advanced study in various fields of Integrative Biology. Topics will be announced in advance of each semester. Enrollment in more than one section permitted.

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INTEGBI 291 Research Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Review and discussion of topics of current interest. Topics to vary.

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INTEGBI 292 Integrative Biology Colloquium 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Meetings for the presentation of original work by faculty, visiting lecturers, and graduate students.

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INTEGBI 296 Special Study for Graduate Students 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Reading or other advanced study by arrangement with a staff member.

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INTEGBI 297 Directed Field Studies 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Open to qualified students directly engaged in field studies.

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INTEGBI 298 Special Study in Integrative Biology 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Graduate research by small groups.

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INTEGBI 299 Graduate Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Credit awarded according to work planned and accomplished.

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INTEGBI N299 Graduate Research 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2010 10 Week Session, Summer 2007 10 Week Session
Graduate student research.

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INTEGBI 304 Dissemination of Research: Your Interface with the Public 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2012, Spring 2011
This course will consist of lectures and class discussions about mechanisms of communicating about science to the public. We will consider how to convey the issues, process, and findings of scientific research to a variety of audiences using different media (e.g., posters, web pages, newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles, books, television). Projects conducted by teams of students under the direct supervision of the instructors will
include preparation of outreach materials (e.g., posters, newsletters, web pages).
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INTEGBI 305 Academic Survivorship 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2011, Fall 2006
Series of lectures and workshops to prepare graduate students for many aspects of academic careers, including grant proposal writing, giving talks at meetings or to academic departments, preparing job applications and having job interviews, advising graduate students and postdocs, reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals, service activities and time management, working at teaching college vs. research universities, alternative careers, etc.

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INTEGBI 375 Teaching Colloquium: Graduate Student Instructor Training 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Series of workshops and seminars involving graduate students and faculty participation. The main objectives of this course are to train graduate students to become effective instructors and to discuss important issues that graduate students face when teaching undergraduate classes.

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INTEGBI 400 Training in Stable Isotope Methods and Mass Spectrometry 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An intensive lecture and laboratory training course on the fundamental principles and practical applications of stable isotope methods in biogeochemistry, ecology, physiology, and environmental science. Topics covered are sample preparation, operating of an isotope ratio mass spectrometer, and analysis of stable isotope data. This course is required for all students interested in using the facilities housed in the Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
for their research.
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INTEGBI C407 Introduction to Scientific Diving 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Diving physics, physiology, medicine, rescue, decompression, theory, navigation, environment, marine life, research methods, equipment, and University regulations. Course leads to University certification to use underwater life support apparatus for study or research under University auspices.

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

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive requirements in consultation with the major adviser. Units may not be used to meet either unit or residence requirements for a master's degree.

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INTEGBI 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

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

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INTEGBI N602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Formerly < Paleon 602, Zoology 602, Botany 602, Physiol 602, Anatomy 602> Individual study in consultation with the major field adadviser. Intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

David D. Ackerly, Professor. California biodiversity, climate change, adaptation.
Research Profile

Doris Bachtrog, Associate Professor. Evolution of sex and recombination, Y degeneration, dosage compensation, sexually antagonistic variation.
Research Profile

Bruce G. Baldwin, Professor. Biology, systematics and evolution of vascular plants, floristics, conservation biology, evolutionary processes, historical biogeography, evolutionary ecology.
Research Profile

Anthony D. Barnosky, Professor. Conservation biology, ecology, climate change, paleontology, paleobiology, paleoecology, evolution, macroecology, global change, mammals, extinction, biogeography.
Research Profile

George Bentley, Associate Professor. Hormones and behavior, neuroendocrinology of reproduction.
Research Profile

Jeffrey L. Boore, Adjunct Professor. Molecular biology, genetics, biology, conservation biology, genomics, evolution, genomes, DNA sequencing, systematics, population genetics, phylogeny.
Research Profile

Michael Robert John Boots, Professor.

+ Rauri C. K. Bowie, Associate Professor.

George A. Brooks, Professor. Exercise & environmental physiology, metabolism, lactate shuttle, crossover concept, lactate, lactic acidosis, traumatic brain injury, obesity, diabetes, the Warburg Effect in cancer, aging biology, isotope tracer technology, arterial-venous difference measurements, clamp technology, muscle biopsies, cell culture, mitochondrial biogenesis, energy substrate partitioning, carbohydrate metabolism, lipid metabolism, fatty acid reesterification, menopause.
Research Profile

Todd Dawson, Professor. Physiological plant ecology, evolutionary plant ecology, ecosystem processes, adaptations of plants, carbon, water, nitrogen.
Research Profile

Robert Dudley, Professor. Metabolism, biomechanics, butterflies, energetics, flight, gliding, hummingbirds, insects, paleophysiology.
Research Profile

Ivo Duijnstee, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Michael B. Eisen, Professor. Genomics, genome sequencing, bioinformatics, animal development.
Research Profile

Paul V. A. Fine, Associate Professor. Speciation, plant ecology, plant evolutionary biology, floristics and phytogeography.
Research Profile

Seth Finnegan, Assistant Professor.

+ Robert J. Full, Professor. Energetics, comparative biomechanics, arthropod, adhesion, comparative physiology, locomotion, neuromechanics, biomimicry, biological inspiration, reptile, gecko, amphibian, robots, artificial muscles.
Research Profile

Oskar Hallatschek, Assistant Professor.

+ Tyrone Hayes, Professor. Genetics, amphibians, developmental endocrinology, steroid hormones, metamorphosis, sex differentiation, hormonal differentiation, African clawed frog, Japnanes Kajika, Pine Barrens treefrog.
Research Profile

Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor. Primate evolution, paleontology, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, mammalian evolution, quantitative genetics, dental evolution, tooth development.
Research Profile

John P. Huelsenbeck, Professor. Computational biology, evolutionary biology, phylogenetics.
Research Profile

Daniela Kaufer, Associate Professor. Neuroscience, stress, neural stem cells, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, blood brain barrier, prosocial behavior.
Research Profile

Mimi A. R. Koehl, Professor. Biomechanics, insects, invertebrate functional morphology, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, marine animals, filtration, gliding vertebrates.
Research Profile

Britt Koskella, Assistant Professor.

+ Eileen A. Lacey, Associate Professor. Evolutionary biology, population, mammals, behavioral ecology, vertebrates, molecular genetics, subterranean rodents, Argentina, Chile.
Research Profile

Cindy Looy, Assistant Professor. Paleoecology, paleobotany, palynology.
Research Profile

Charles Marshall, Professor.

Jimmy Mcguire, Associate Professor. Historical biogeography, evolutionary biology, Southeast Asia, population genetics, hummingbirds, functional morphology, vertebrate systematics, phylogenetic analysis, life history evolution, Bayesian methods, Southeast Asian flying lizards.
Research Profile

Brent D. Mishler, Professor. Evolutionary biology, development, ecology, systematics, phylogeny, comparative genomics, green plants, bryophytes, mosses, reproductive biology, phylogenetics, chloroplast DNA, classification, species concepts, biodiversity, Darwin.
Research Profile

Michael Nachman, Professor. Population genetics, evolution, genomics, mammalian evolution.
Research Profile

Rasmus Nielsen, Professor. Statistical and computational aspects of evolutionary theory and genetics.
Research Profile

Kevin Padian, Professor. Evolutionary biology, paleontology, systematics, functional morphology, Mesozoic vertebrate paleontology, terrestrial vertebrate fauna, pterosaurs, Mesozoic era, bones of extinct reptiles.
Research Profile

Nipam Patel, Professor. Genetics, evolution, crustaceans, insects, arthropods, homeotic (Hox) genes, segmentation, embryonic pattern formation, neural patterning.
Research Profile

Mary E. Power, Professor. Freshwater ecology, food webs, trophic dynamics, northern California rivers, watersheds.
Research Profile

Carl Rothfels, Assistant Professor.

Michael Shapira, Assistant Professor in Residence. Molecular biology, aging, host-pathogen interactions.
Research Profile

Ellen L. Simms, Professor. Evolution, plant ecology, microbial ecology, ecological genetics, symbiosis, herbivores, pathogens, mutualists.
Research Profile

Wayne Sousa, Professor. Community ecology, estuarine host-parasite interactions, canopy gaps, Caribbean coast of Panama.
Research Profile

Chelsea Specht, Associate Professor. Molecular evolution, adaptation, plant systematics, evolution of development (evo-devo), evolution of form and function, plant morphology, comparative phylogenetics, floral developmental evolution, diversification rates.
Research Profile

Jonathon Stillman, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Marine environmental physiology, global change biology, functional genomics.
Research Profile

Tim White, Professor. Anthropology, Africa, paleontology, paleoanthropology, human evolution, human osteology, taphonomy, zooarchaeology, cannibalism, American Southwest, Ethiopia.
Research Profile

Caroline Margaret Williams, Assistant Professor. Evolution, physiology, ecophysiology, metabolism, insect, winter, adaptation, thermal biology.
Research Profile

Lecturers

Kelly Agnew, Lecturer.

Thomas J. Carlson, Lecturer SOE. Molecular biology, ethnobotany, Africa, North America, ecology, medicine, systematics, evolution of human disease, ethnoecology, ethnoepidemiology, Asia, Pacific Islands, South America, nutritional ethnobotany, pharmacology, ecosystem management.
Research Profile

Christopher Hobbs, Lecturer.

Stephen Lew, Lecturer.

Stefania Mambelli, Lecturer.

Lisa A. Margerum, Lecturer.

Tim Markowitz, Lecturer.

Michael S. Park, Lecturer.

Helian Joel Ratsirarson, Lecturer.

Andrew C. Rush, Lecturer.

Christopher Schmitt, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Roy L. Caldwell, Professor Emeritus. Ecology, evolution, Invertebrates, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, marine biology, stomatopods, crustaceans, cephalopods, octopus, mating systems, communication, sensory ecology, aggressive behavior, coral reef restoration.
Research Profile

William A. Clemens, Professor Emeritus. Evolution of mesozoic, cenozoic terrestrial biotas, mesozoic mammals, phylogenetic interrelationships, locomotor evolution, evolutionary diversification.
Research Profile

+ Marian C. Diamond, Professor Emeritus. Environment, neuroanatomy, immune functions, hormones, mammalian forebrain structures, Cambodian orphanage, cerebral neocortex.
Research Profile

Carole S. Hickman, Professor Emeritus. Systematics, evolutionary paleobiology, morphology, molluscs, macroevolutionary trends and patterns, Cenozoic Era, fossil record, evolutionary history and structure.
Research Profile

Steven L. Lehman, Professor Emeritus. Motor control, stroke patients, cells, muscles, muscle fatigue, repetitive motion disorders.
Research Profile

Paul Licht, Professor Emeritus. Steroid hormones, comparative endocrinology, endocrine system, steroidal metabolism of tissues, thyroid, vitamin D, binding proteins.
Research Profile

William Z. Lidicker, Professor Emeritus. Conservation biology, ecology, mammalogy.
Research Profile

David R. Lindberg, Professor Emeritus. Developmental biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, comparative morphology, phylogenetic studies, molecular techniques, patellogastropoda, evolution in patellacean faunas, California land snail taxa, gastropoda.
Research Profile

Jere Lipps, Professor Emeritus. Ecology, paleontology, molecular phylogenetics, evolution of marine biotas, paleoenvironments, coral reef, Antarctic habitats, seismic histories, astrobiology, Charles Darwin.
Research Profile

Charles S. Nicoll, Professor Emeritus. Cancer, mammals, hormones, growth regulation, diabetic subjects, insulin, reproductive cycles of women, non-human primates.
Research Profile

+ James L. Patton, Professor Emeritus. Evolutionary biology, North America, biogeography, South America, morphology, mammalogy, phylogenesis, speciation, populations, genome structure, molecular divergence, gopher population dynamics.
Research Profile

Thomas M. (Zack) Powell, Professor Emeritus. Aquatic ecology, fish, Invertebrates, oceanography, lakes, estuaries, ocean, planktonic ecosystems, climate, remote sensing.
Research Profile

Thelma Rowell, Professor Emeritus.

Rudolf Schmid, Professor Emeritus. Botany, plant science.
Research Profile

Montgomery Slatkin, Professor Emeritus. Evolutionary theory, genetic evolution, natural populations of plants and animals populations, human populations, natural selection structure genomes.
Research Profile

Glenys Thomson, Professor Emeritus.

James Valentine, Professor Emeritus.

David Wake, Professor Emeritus. Evolutionary and conservation biology.
Research Profile

Marvalee H. Wake, Professor Emeritus. Development, evolution, systematics, amphibians, reproductive biology, vertebrate evolutionary morphology, fishes, reptiles, comparative analysis, biodiversity issues.
Research Profile

Donald P. Weston, Professor Emeritus. Pesticides, invertebrate ecology, ecotoxicology, pollutant exposure, bioaccumulation, management of contaminated sediments, environmental effects of antibiotics, deposit-feeding invertebrates.
Research Profile

Contact Information

Department of Integrative Biology

3040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-3281

Fax: 510-643-6264

Visit Department Website

Department Chair

Robert Dudley, PhD

5018 Valley Life Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-1555

wings@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Adviser

Brent Mishler

bmishler@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Advising

Graduate Affairs Office

299 Life Sciences Addition

Phone: 510-643-7330

ibgradsao@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Affairs Office

3060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Phone: 510-643-1667

http://ib.berkeley.edu/undergrad

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