Department Seminars

Dr. David Ackerly
12/03/2014
Climate Change, Plant Ecology and Conservation: A Case Study of the SF Bay Area Climate Change, Plant Ecology and Conservation: A Case Study of the SF Bay Area

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

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

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

Dr Rayna Bell
01/28/2015
Reed frog diversification in the Gulf of Guinea: overseas dispersal, the progression rule, and in situ speciation Reed frog diversification in the Gulf of Guinea: overseas dispersal, the progression rule, and in situ speciation

Dr. Annalisa Berta
05/28/2014
New insights into the systematics, evolution and feeding anatomy of baleen whales New insights into the systematics, evolution and feeding anatomy of baleen whales

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

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

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  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. Christopher Clark
11/26/2014
Singing feathers, animal aeroacoustics, and the evolution of complex displays Singing feathers, animal aeroacoustics, and the evolution of complex displays

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

Dr. Janis Dickinson
04/01/2015
Why kin selection is not dead: Evidence from a marginal cooperative breeder Why kin selection is not dead: Evidence from a marginal cooperative breeder

Dr. Jack Dumbacher
04/08/2015
Ecology and Evolution of Chemical Defense in New Guinea Birds Ecology and Evolution of Chemical Defense in New Guinea Birds

Dr. Robert Eagle
04/22/2015
Cross-disciplinary approaches to understand the response of marine organisms to changing oceanic conditions in a high CO2 world Cross-disciplinary approaches to understand the response of marine organisms to changing oceanic conditions in a high CO2 world

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

Dr. Jessica Flack
04/15/2015
Social Niche Construction through Collective Computation Social Niche Construction through Collective Computation

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

Dr. Brandon Gaut
02/11/2015
Connections among Genotype, Phenotype and Fitness in E. coli High Temperature Lines Connections among Genotype, Phenotype and Fitness in E. coli High Temperature Lines

Dr. Michael Habib
05/08/2014
Air Giants: Reconstructing the Anatomy and Flight Performance of Azhdarchid Pterosaurs Air Giants: Reconstructing the Anatomy and Flight Performance of Azhdarchid Pterosaurs

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

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

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

Dr. Peter Kareiva
01/15/2015
Does population biology have anything to teach ecosystem service modeling? Does population biology have anything to teach ecosystem service modeling?

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

Dr. Darrell Kemp
05/21/2014
Nanotechnology in Nature: iridescence and signal privatisation in butterflies Nanotechnology in Nature: iridescence and signal privatisation in butterflies

Dr. Jessica Li
02/18/2015
Comprehensive Transcriptome Mapping Reveals Conservation of Organism Development and Cell Differentiation across Distant Species Comprehensive Transcriptome Mapping Reveals Conservation of Organism Development and Cell Differentiation across Distant Species

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!) Inferring Ecological Processes and Evolutionary Dynamics from Molecular Phylogenies and the Fossil Record: Some Unexpected Finding (Some Welcome, Some not!)

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

Dr. Richard Milner
11/12/2014
Wallace, Darwin, and Spiritualism: The Trial of the Spirit-Medium Henry Slade, 1876 Wallace, Darwin, and Spiritualism: The Trial of the Spirit-Medium Henry Slade, 1876

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

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

Dr. Seth Riley
10/15/2014
Long term studies of wildlife in an urban national park:: lessons and opportunities Long term studies of wildlife in an urban national park:: lessons and opportunities

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

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

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

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 Functional Constraints on the Evolution of Eye Morphology – A Deep Look Into the Eyes of Dinosaurs and Teleost Reef Fishes

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

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

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

Casey terHorst
10/29/2014
Evolution on contemporary time scales alters species interactions Evolution on contemporary time scales alters species interactions

Jenny Tung
03/11/2015
Social environmental effects on the genome: lessons from baboons and rhesus macaques Social environmental effects on the genome: lessons from baboons and rhesus macaques

Ben Wilder
05/27/2015
Historical Biogeography of the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California, Mexico Historical Biogeography of the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California, Mexico

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

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

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

Darwin Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commencement Speakers

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

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

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

Dr. Cara Santa Maria
06/15/2014
2014 EEB commencement speech 2014 EEB commencement speech

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

Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
06/17/2012
2012 EEB commencement speech 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
Behavior of Wild and Captive Pacific Pocket Mice
Dr. Rachel Chock
06/13/2014
Behavior of Wild and Captive Pacific Pocket Mice
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?
Sensory Ecology of Ithomiine Butterflies
Adrea Gonzalez-Karlsson
05/30/2015
Sensory Ecology of Ithomiine Butterflies
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
Conservation Genomics of the Desert Tortoise
Evan McCartney-Melstad
06/03/2014
Conservation Genomics of the Desert Tortoise
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

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

Dr. Maddalena Bearzi
05/15/2014
Dolphin Confidential Dolphin Confidential

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brenton Spies
09/09/2014
Kickstarter campaign Kickstarter campaign

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

Tina Swanson
05/13/2015
Ontogeny of a Scientist Advocate Ontogeny of a Scientist Advocate

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