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Department Seminars


Phylogenetic Approaches to the study of Vertebrate Classification Dr. Michael Alfaro
10/27/2009
Phylogenetic Approaches to the study of Vertebrate Classification


An integrated approach to understanding the origin and conservation of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle Dr Paul Barber
10/26/2011
An integrated approach to understanding the origin and conservation of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle


Vertical Integration of Evolutionary Mechanisms: Pelvic Reduction in the Threespine Stickleback Dr. Michael Bell
05/11/2011
Vertical Integration of Evolutionary Mechanisms: Pelvic Reduction in the Threespine Stickleback


Toward a Metabolic Theory of Ecology Dr. James Brown
05/16/2012
Toward a Metabolic Theory of Ecology


Tribute to George Bartholomew: Reflections on Human Ecology Dr. James Brown
05/16/2012
Tribute to George Bartholomew: Reflections on Human Ecology


 Adaptation, introgression and biogeography of the American live oaks (series Virentes) from the tropics to the temperate zone: Conservation implications on a changing planet Dr. Jeannine Cavender-Bares
02/12/2014
Adaptation, introgression and biogeography of the American live oaks (series Virentes) from the tropics to the temperate zone: Conservation implications on a changing planet


An Origin Story: Evolution and Biogeography of Coral Reef Fishes Dr. Peter Cowan
03/12/2014
An Origin Story: Evolution and Biogeography of Coral Reef Fishes


Sea Otters and Kelp Forests: an Ecological History of the North Pacific Ocean Dr. James Estes
10/23/2013
Sea Otters and Kelp Forests: an Ecological History of the North Pacific Ocean


Challenges to the Evolutionary Synthesis Dr. Douglas Futuyma
10/16/2013
Challenges to the Evolutionary Synthesis


Predicting Climate Change on a Green Planet: The Scope of the Challenge Dr. John Harte
05/19/2010
Predicting Climate Change on a Green Planet: The Scope of the Challenge


From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men Dr. Tyrone Hayes
05/05/2010
From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men


A new family of acorn worms gives insights into deep-sea ecology and evolution Dr. Nicholas Holland
10/09/2013
A new family of acorn worms gives insights into deep-sea ecology and evolution


Aquatic Invasive Species in the Santa Monica Mountains: Patterns, Explanations and Restoration Dr. Lee Kats
11/20/2013
Aquatic Invasive Species in the Santa Monica Mountains: Patterns, Explanations and Restoration


Inferring Ecological Processes and Evolutionary Dynamics from Molecular Phylogenies and the Fossil Record: Some Unexpected Finding (Some Welcome, Some not!) Dr. Charles Marshall
03/05/2014
Inferring Ecological Processes and Evolutionary Dynamics from Molecular Phylogenies and the Fossil Record: Some Unexpected Finding (Some Welcome, Some not!)


Functional Integration and Ecological Diversity in Anguilliform Fishes Dr. Rita Mehta
11/06/2013
Functional Integration and Ecological Diversity in Anguilliform Fishes


Luminescence for Sex and Safety in Marine Ostracods: an Overview Dr. James Morin
11/15/2013
Luminescence for Sex and Safety in Marine Ostracods: an Overview


The Promise of Evolutionary Biology as a Translational Science in Human Medicine Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
11/13/2013
The Promise of Evolutionary Biology as a Translational Science in Human Medicine


Myco-fluidics: Mushroom Winds and Commuting on Fungal Freeways Dr. Marcus Roper
04/23/2014
Myco-fluidics: Mushroom Winds and Commuting on Fungal Freeways


Social Networks: Linking Form with Function in Animal Societies Dr. Dan Rubenstein
04/16/2014
Social Networks: Linking Form with Function in Animal Societies


Links among morphological, functional, performance and lineage diversity in bats Sharlene Santana
02/05/2014
Links among morphological, functional, performance and lineage diversity in bats


Functional Constraints on the Evolution of Eye Morphology – A Deep Look Into the Eyes of Dinosaurs and Teleost Reef Fishes Dr. Lars Schmitz
01/29/2014
Functional Constraints on the Evolution of Eye Morphology – A Deep Look Into the Eyes of Dinosaurs and Teleost Reef Fishes


Landscape Genomics of Adaptive Variation in a California Keystone Tree Species, Quercus lobata Dr. Victoria Sork
09/28/2011
Landscape Genomics of Adaptive Variation in a California Keystone Tree Species, Quercus lobata


The importance of maintaining vascular function to plants Dr. John Sperry
04/13/2011
The importance of maintaining vascular function to plants


From here to there: a journey from behavioral ecology to conservation biology in a zoo setting Dr. Ron Swaisgood
10/20/2010
From here to there: a journey from behavioral ecology to conservation biology in a zoo setting


Cracked Teeth and Complicated Noses Dr. Blaire Van Valkenburgh
10/07/2009
Cracked Teeth and Complicated Noses


Racing to Extinction: How Physiological Tipping Points are Dictating the Vulnerability of Large Mammals to Anthropogenic Disturbance Dr. Terrie Williams
10/30/2013
Racing to Extinction: How Physiological Tipping Points are Dictating the Vulnerability of Large Mammals to Anthropogenic Disturbance


The Impacts and Drivers of Commercial Trade in Elephants Dr. George Wittemyer
02/19/2014
The Impacts and Drivers of Commercial Trade in Elephants


Chemical Communication and Navigation Dr. Richard Zimmer
11/03/2009
Chemical Communication and Navigation


Darwin Series


The Sound of Fear  Dr. Dan Blumstein
02/02/2010
The Sound of Fear


The Evolution of Human Skin Pigmentation Dr. Nina Jablonski
05/20/2009
The Evolution of Human Skin Pigmentation


Environmental influences on the evolution of communication systems Dr. Peter Narins
11/02/2010
Environmental influences on the evolution of communication systems


Coral Reefs & Climate Change Dr. Stephen Palumbi
02/03/2011
Coral Reefs & Climate Change


 Finding Your Inner Fish Dr. Neil Shubin
04/22/2009
Finding Your Inner Fish


What are friends for? The adaptive value of social bonds Dr. Joan Silk
11/10/2011
What are friends for? The adaptive value of social bonds


Evolution and Adaptation in Africa Dr. Sarah Tishkoff
05/06/2009
Evolution and Adaptation in Africa


The Natural History of Saber Toothed Cats Dr. Blaire Van Valkenburgh
11/18/2009
The Natural History of Saber Toothed Cats


 Evolutionary History of the Domestic Dog Dr. Robert Wayne
05/12/2010
Evolutionary History of the Domestic Dog


Evolution for Everyone Dr. David Sloan Wilson Ph.D
02/18/2009
Evolution for Everyone


Commencement Speakers


2008 EEB commencement speech Steve McCormick
06/15/2008
2008 EEB commencement speech


2006 EEB undergraduate commencement speech Dr. Cecil B Pickett
06/11/2006
2006 EEB undergraduate commencement speech


2007 EEB commencement speech Dr. Phil Rundel
06/17/2007
2007 EEB commencement speech


2011 EEB commencement speech Dr. Gary Small
06/12/2011
2011 EEB commencement speech


2012 EEB commencement speech Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
06/17/2012
2012 EEB commencement speech




Research Vignettes


Top Down Regulation: Putting Teeth the Pleistocene Extinction Debate Caitlin Brown
12/17/2012
Top Down Regulation: Putting Teeth the Pleistocene Extinction Debate


Saving the Pacific Pocket Mice. Rachel Chock
05/07/2013
Saving the Pacific Pocket Mice.


 Skull Shape and Skull Function Abigail Curtis
09/12/2012
Skull Shape and Skull Function


Speciation in Baja California Greer Dolby
03/10/2011
Speciation in Baja California


Why are so many unique marine species restricted to the northern Sea of Cortez? Ryan Ellingson
02/25/2011
Why are so many unique marine species restricted to the northern Sea of Cortez?


Bats, Insecticides and Organic Farming: Preserving Natural Capital for Agriculture Devaughn Fraser
05/02/2013
Bats, Insecticides and Organic Farming: Preserving Natural Capital for Agriculture


Barber Lab Quartet - The Longest Time (Coral Triangle Edition) Allison Fritts-Penniman
04/20/2012
Barber Lab Quartet - The Longest Time (Coral Triangle Edition)


Effect of Climate Change on Movement of Catclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii A Gray) Keith Gaddis
02/13/2013
Effect of Climate Change on Movement of Catclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii A Gray)


What Can Jellyfish Genes Teach Us About Animal Diversity? David Gold
03/08/2011
What Can Jellyfish Genes Teach Us About Animal Diversity?


The causes and consequences of harmful algal blooms in East African lakes Christopher Johnson
03/08/2011
The causes and consequences of harmful algal blooms in East African lakes


Evolution in Action -- Who's Your Neighbor Neil Losin
12/01/2010
Evolution in Action -- Who's Your Neighbor


Predicting Pesticide Impacts from Genetic Data Evan McCartney-Melstad
05/03/2013
Predicting Pesticide Impacts from Genetic Data


Causes and Maintenance of Personality Variation in Yellow-bellied Marmots Matthew Petelle
05/10/2011
Causes and Maintenance of Personality Variation in Yellow-bellied Marmots


Origin and Evolution of Sharks Laurie Sorenson
04/16/2012
Origin and Evolution of Sharks



Other Talks


EEB Research Symposium 2013:Hotspots Cetacean Species Richness Patterns in the Oceanic Eastern Tropical Pacific Lisa T. Ballance
05/15/2013
EEB Research Symposium 2013:Hotspots Cetacean Species Richness Patterns in the Oceanic Eastern Tropical Pacific


The Sound of Fear: Dan Blumstein at TEDxUCLA Dr. Dan Blumstein
10/27/2012
The Sound of Fear: Dan Blumstein at TEDxUCLA


Excerpts from the White House Summit on Environmental Education Dr. Dan Blumstein
05/01/2012
Excerpts from the White House Summit on Environmental Education


Wilderness Workshop and ACES present: Naturalist Nights - 'Marmots:   The Sound of Fear' with Dan Blumstein PhD Dr. Dan Blumstein
03/17/2011
Wilderness Workshop and ACES present: Naturalist Nights - 'Marmots: The Sound of Fear' with Dan Blumstein PhD


Antipredator behavior of Kangaroos and Wallabies:integrating behavior and conservation  Dr. Dan Blumstein
03/06/2008
Antipredator behavior of Kangaroos and Wallabies:integrating behavior and conservation


Conservation Behavior Lessons from Marmots  Dr. Dan Blumstein
03/05/2008
Conservation Behavior Lessons from Marmots


The Sound of Fear: Implications of alarm calling and predator detection for conservation biology and national security Dr. Dan Blumstein
03/05/2009
The Sound of Fear: Implications of alarm calling and predator detection for conservation biology and national security


Stephen Hubbell on species extinction estimates Dr. Stephen Hubbell
05/20/2011
Stephen Hubbell on species extinction estimates


Adventures of an Expeditionary Biologist: A Physio-ethological Approach to Sensors and Sensing Dr. Peter Narins
12/03/2008
Adventures of an Expeditionary Biologist: A Physio-ethological Approach to Sensors and Sensing


Insect Societies: Pinnacles of Cooperation; or Peaks of Runaway Niceness! Dr. Peter Nonacs
01/06/2011
Insect Societies: Pinnacles of Cooperation; or Peaks of Runaway Niceness!


The adaptive value of behaviour, morphology and life history in reproductive female wolves Dan Stahler et al.
10/08/2012
The adaptive value of behaviour, morphology and life history in reproductive female wolves


The theory of signal selection and its implications to theories of indirect selection and altruism  Amotz Zahavi
04/26/2010
The theory of signal selection and its implications to theories of indirect selection and altruism



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