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Barbara Allen-Díaz

Professor (on leave)

Email: ballendiaz@berkeley.edu

Office: University Office of the President

Phone: 510-987-9359

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Rangeland ecology and management, Plant community ecology

Research Description

I study how rangeland ecosystems respond to herbivory, fire, and management. I ask questions about how rangeland plant community distribution is related to physical site variables such as elevation, slope, aspect, soil type, and climate,…[read more]

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Rodrigo Almeida

Associate Professor

Email: rodrigoalmeida@berkeley.edu

Office: 203 Wellman

Phone: 510-642-1603

Website(s): Almeida Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests

Ecology of emerging insect-borne plant diseases and insect-microbe interactions

Research Description

We are interested in three broad research areas: i) ecology of emerging diseases, ii) pathogen transmission biology, and iii) insect-microbe interactions. We currently use two research systems to address questions of interest, the xylem-limited leafhopper-transmitted…[read more]

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Miguel Altieri

Professor

Email: agroeco3@berkeley.edu

Office: 215 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-9802

Website(s): Agroecology in Action   Vineyard Agroecology

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests

Biological control agro-ecology

Research Description

Our research group uses the concepts of agroecology to obtain a deep understanding of the nature of agroecosystems and the principles by which they function. Throughout our research and writings we have aided in the…[read more]

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Ronald Amundson

Professor

Email: earthy@berkeley.edu

Office: 317 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-7890

Website(s): Amundson Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By appointment-145 Mulford Hall

Research Interests

Pedology isotope biogeochemistry, impact of climate and life on earth processes, soils in biogeochemical cycles, human impacts on soils and ecosystems

Research Description

The Earth has entered the Anthropocene, a geologic epoch where humans are altering the face of the planet on a scale rivaled only by past meteor impacts or glacial cycles. These are therefore exciting and…[read more]

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Dennis D. Baldocchi

Professor

Email: baldocchi@berkeley.edu

Office: 345 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-2874

Website(s): Biometeorology Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests

Biometeorology, biosphere-atmosphere trace gas fluxes

Research Description

Our research approach involves the coordinated use of experimental measurements and theoretical models to understand the physical, biological, and chemical processes that control trace gas fluxes between the biosphere and atmosphere and to quantify their…[read more]

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Jill Banfield

Professor

Email: jbanfield@berkeley.edu

Office: 336 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-2155

Lab Phone: 510-642-3804

Website(s): Banfield Group (lab website)   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Geomicrobiology, environmental biogeochemistry, microbial community ecology and evolution

Research Description

Motivation and approach

Microorganisms exert fundamental controls on the chemistry of their environments. Their activities are shaped by inter-organism interactions and the geochemistry of their surroundings. My research group studies these processes, primarily by application of…[read more]

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John J. Battles

Professor of Forest Ecology

Email: jbattles@berkeley.edu

Office: 328 Hilgard Hall

Phone: (510) 643-0684

Lab Phone: (510) 643-2450

Website(s): Battles Lab   SNAMP

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Fall 2014 Office Hours Fridays 9:00 -10:00 am (open) Wednesdays from 4 - 5pm (sign-ups only)

Research Interests

Forest Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics

Research Description

The goal of my research program is to know how and why forests change. My efforts are guided by the conviction that our understanding must apply to specific forests with all the attendant complexities and…[read more]

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Steven R. Beissinger

A. Starker Leopold Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Professor of Conservation Biology (2003-2013)

Email: beis@berkeley.edu

Office: 29 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-3038

Website(s): Beissinger Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Mondays 11-12 am Tuesdays 1-2 pm

Research Interests

Conservation, behavioral and population ecology

Research Description

We study conservation, behavior and population biology toward the goals of understanding the influence of climate change, managing endangered or commercially-valuable wildlife, or by understanding the factors shaping life histories to satisfy our curiosity about…[read more]

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Gregory Biging

Professor

Email: biging@berkeley.edu

Phone: 510-642-1249

Lab Phone: n.a.

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Biometrics and Spatial Analysis Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Spring 2013   By appointment only

Research Interests

Forest Biometrics and Remote Sensing

 

Research Description

Our group does research in:

  • biometrics/ecometrics-forest and ecological measurement and modeling
  • remote sensing-using satellite, Lidar and digital camera imagery to monitor forest ecosystems

We work on levels ranging from individual plants and trees to landscapes. Much of our…[read more]

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Justin Brashares

Associate Professor

Email: brashares@berkeley.edu

Office: 13 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-6080

Website(s): Brashares Group   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Spring semester 2014 - Wed: 3:30-4:30pm ; Thurs: 4-5pm  

Research Interests

Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Socioeconomics

Research Description

The catastrophic global decline of biodiversity is widely recognized as among the most pressing problems we face as a society. The biological, economic and social consequences of depauperate oceans, tundras, savannas and forests remain unclear…[read more]

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Thomas D. Bruns

Professor

Email: pogon@berkeley.edu

Office: 321B Koshland Hall

Phone: 510-642-7987

Lab Phone: 510-643-5483

Fax: 510-643-5098

Website(s): Bruns Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Fungal molecular evolution and ecology

Research Description

Most of the current and recent work in my lab has focused on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi form symbiotic associations with plant roots, and this interaction represents one of the…[read more]

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Van Butsic

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: vanbutsic@berkeley.edu

Office: Mulford Hall #33

Phone: 5106665400

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Land systems science, conservation, environmental economics and policy, coupled human natural systems, GIS applications

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Stephanie M. Carlson

Assistant Professor

Email: smcarlson@berkeley.edu

Office: 33 Mulford

Phone: 510-643-9704

Lab Phone: 510-643-9688

Website(s): Carlson Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Thursday, 11am - 12 pm, or by appointment, Updated 2014/02/02

Research Interests

Freshwater fish ecology, evolutionary ecology, conservation of freshwaters

Research Description

We study the evolution, ecology, and conservation of freshwater fishes. We aim to do research that illuminates how evolution and ecology interact to shape wild populations and influence their persistence, particularly those exposed to anthropogenic…[read more]

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Claudia J. Carr

Associate Professor

Email: claudiacarr@berkeley.edu

Office: 137 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-643-3964

Fax: 510-643-5098

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

International and rural resource development

Research Description

I am primarily involved in research concerning alternative types of rural development policies in terrestrial (especially drylands and river basin environments) and coastal and offshore resources in the ‘Third World.’ My approach to development problems,…[read more]

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Ignacio Chapela

Associate Professor

Email: ichapela@berkeley.edu

Office: 334 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-693-1611

Website(s): Chapela Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Microbial Ecology

Research Description

Visibility is such a great obsession with us, humans! But the world knows little about that. Think about it: how long has the eye–as a biological structure– been around? And what does it really help…[read more]

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Kent M. Daane

Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: kdaane@ucanr.edu

Office: 212 Wellman Hall

Phone: 559-646-6522 (Kearney)

Lab Phone: 510-643-4019 (Berkeley)

Fax: 559-646-6593 (Kearney)

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests

Control of insect pests in agricultural crops

Research Description

My research focuses on the development of ecologically-based insect pest management systems. Research studies include classical biological control, augmentation programs, insect-plant interactions, use of least-disruptive insecticides and the biology of natural enemies.

Most of my research…[read more]

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Todd Dawson

Professor

Email: tdawson@berkeley.edu

Office: 4006 Valley Life Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-6090

Lab Phone: 510-642-1054

Website(s): Dawson Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Physiological plant ecology, stable isotope biogeochemistry

Research Description

Research in my laboratory focuses on the interface between plants and their environment. The tools of physiological and evolutionary plant ecology and stable isotope biogeochemistry are currently being applied towards the study and interpretation of…[read more]

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Kathryn De Master

Assistant Professor

Email: Kathryn.DeMaster@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By appointment

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Perry de Valpine

Associate Professor

Email: pdevalpine@berkeley.edu

Office: 201 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-0676

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): De Valpine website   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: T 2:00-3:00, Updated: 2011/08/11

Research Interests

Experimental population dynamics, mathematical modeling and statistics

Research Description

My research aims to develop and apply mathematical and statistical modeling methods to evaluate hypotheses from complex ecological data, with a primary focus on population dynamics. Population ecology is an important level for understanding nature…[read more]

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Richard S. Dodd

Professor

Email: dodd@berkeley.edu

Office: 321 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-1635

Lab Phone: 510-643-1635

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Dodd Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Wednesday 2:30 - 4:00, By Appointment, Updated: 2010/08/31

Research Interests

Tree genetics and systematics

Research Description

Climate change and habitat fragmentation are two major concerns for the future health of forests and woodlands and the diversity of organisms that depend on these ecosystems. Research in the Dodd lab uses molecular methods…[read more]

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Damian O. Elias

Assistant Professor

Email: doelias@berkeley.edu

Office: 5028 VLSB

Phone: 510-642-6396

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Elias Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Mon, Wed: 11 - 12 pm, Updated: 2010/08/31

Research Interests

Neuroethology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology of arthropods

Research Description

The goal of my research program is to understand basic principals in behavior and behavioral adaptation. By exploring the interface between sensory physiology, behavior, and ecology, my lab seeks to identify basic principals of sensory…[read more]

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Carolyn Finney

Assistant Professor

Email: cfinney@berkeley.edu

Office: 128C Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-643-6342

Fax: 510-666-3031

Website(s): Black Faces, White Spaces   Tracking Patterns and Mapping New Terrain in Environmental Education: Building Relationships and Embracing Change

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Mondays, 1:30-3:30 and by appointment. Updated: 2012/09/04

Research Interests

Identity representation difference and place, race and natural resource management

Research Description

My focus as a geographer is to explore how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. I first conducted research in Nepal, speaking with women about their experiences collecting…[read more]

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Mary Firestone

Professor, Associate Dean of Instruction & Student Affairs

Email: mkfstone@berkeley.edu

Office: 333 Hilgard Hall, 32 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-502-2471

Lab Phone: 510-642-6847

Fax: 510-642-6847

Website(s): Firestone Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Spring 2014 Thursday 1-3 pm

Research Interests

Microbial ecology

Research Description

Soil microbial ecology: Microbial processing of carbon and nitrogen underlie the capacity of soil to support plant growth in agriculture, rangeland, forests, and wetlands. However the extreme heterogeneity of soil and the scale at which…[read more]

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Gordon Frankie

Professor

Email: gwfrankie@berkeley.edu

Office: 315 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-0973

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Urban Bee Gardens   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Urban entomology

Research Description

The research focus in my lab is on the behavioral ecology and community organization of solitary bee species in selected environments in California and Costa Rica. During the past 21 years we have been documenting…[read more]

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Inez Fung

Professor

Email: ifung@berkeley.edu

Office: 335 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-9367

Lab Phone: 510-643-9367

Fax: 510-643-9980

Website(s): Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Climate change biogeochemical cycles

Research Description

The climate of the Earth is intimately tied to the composition of the atmosphere and the dynamics of the underlying surface. The atmosphere and land surface exchange energy, water and other trace substances on all…[read more]

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Matteo Garbelotto

Cooperative Extension Specialist, Adjunct Professor

Email: matteo@nature.berkeley.edu

Office: 338 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-6412

Fax: 510-643-5436

Website(s): Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Forest pathology, forest mycology, forest and tree management

Research Description

EXOTIC FOREST DISEASES: we are interested in uncovering the mechanisms behind invasions by exotic forest pathogens, and we use molecular tools to understand their biology, ecology, and epidemiology. We are currently working on Sudden Oak…[read more]

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Christy M. Getz

Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: cgetz@berkeley.edu

Office: 130A Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-642-8681

Website(s): Research and Outreach Program   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Ethics, history, politics, rural development

Research Description

As a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Division of Society and Environment, I conduct research and extension that link natural resource-dependent people, activities, enterprises and organizations in California with teaching and research programs in ESPM….[read more]

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Wayne M. Getz

A. Starker Leopold Professor of Wildlife Ecology

Email: wgetz@berkeley.edu

Office: 5052 VLSB

Phone: 510-642-8745

Lab Phone: 510-666-2352

Fax: 510-643-1227

Website(s): Getz Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Population modeling epidemiology and resource wildlife management

Research Description

Students and postdoctoral students in my laboratory work on a broad range of theoretical and applied questions in population and biology with application to epidemiology and conservation biology.

Current Projects

At this time projects in my laboratory…[read more]

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Rosemary Gillespie

Professor

Email: gillespie@berkeley.edu

Office: 201 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-3445

Website(s): Gillespie Web Page   Evolab

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Evolutionary ecology, systematics, spider biology, conservation

Research Description

My research focuses on understanding evolutionary patterns and processes among populations and species. My primary focus is on islands, particularly remote hotspot islands of the Pacific.

Hotspot archipelagoes – in which islands emanate from a single…[read more]

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J. Keith Gilless

Dean of College, Professor

Email: gilless@berkeley.edu

Office: 101 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-642-7171

Fax: 510-642-4612

Website(s): Gilless Web Page   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Forest economics and management, wildfire protection planning

Research Description

My research uses economic analysis and operations research modeling techniques to address forest resource management issues such as: forest products market forecasting, analysis of resource-dependent local economies, the role of forestry in international development, forest…[read more]

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Allen Goldstein

Professor

Email: ahg@berkeley.edu

Office: 330 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-2451

Website(s): Goldstein Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Monday, 10-noon

Research Interests

Biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry

Research Description

Goldstein Group research themes include atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry. We investigate anthropogenic and natural contributions to the chemical composition of the troposphere, interactions of air pollution with ecosystems, aerosol composition and chemistry, and the biogeochemistry…[read more]

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Peng Gong

Professor (On Leave)

Email: penggong@berkeley.edu

Office: 233 Mulford Hall

Phone: (510) 642-5170

Fax: (510) 643-5098

Website(s): Gong Web Page   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: 11 am - noon Tues. and Thurs.

Research Interests

Remote Sensing and GIS

Research Description

My research is on the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technology to monitor and map natural resources and human settlements. Computer based pattern recognition, statistical analysis, mathematical modeling are studied for…[read more]

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John Harte

Professor

Email: jharte@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-8553

Website(s): The Harte Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Global change, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity

Research Description

Harte’s research focuses on the effects of human actions on, and the linkages among, biodiversity, ecosystem structure and function, and climate. His work spans a range of scales, from plot to landscape to…[read more]

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Lynn Huntsinger

Professor Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Chair, Division of Society and Environment

Email: huntsinger@berkeley.edu

Office: 313 Hilgard Hall; Lab: 10 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-685-1884

Website(s): Huntsinger Lab   

Research Group(s):     

Office Hours: Fall 2014:  TBD.

Research Interests

Rangeland conservation and management, see http://nature.berkeley.edu/huntsingerlab-wp/

Research Description

Whether the topic is Inner Mongolian herders or California ranchers, extensive livestock production on rangelands requires negotiation between demand for a relatively predictable flow of products and the inherent unpredictability of an arid rangeland environment….[read more]

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Alastair Iles

Associate Professor

Email: iles@berkeley.edu

Office: 128A Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-643-3126

Website(s): Alastair Iles Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Science, technology and environment; green chemistry; sustainability learning; environmental policy

Research Description

Broadly, I look at the intersections between science, technology, and environment. I am especially interested in how technologies – ranging from chemistry, energy systems, environmental health monitoring, to information technology – can not only affect…[read more]

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Maggi Kelly

Cooperative Extension Specialist and Professor in Residence

Email: maggi@berkeley.edu

Office: 121 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-7272

Website(s): Kelly Research and Outreach Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Spring 2014.  Office hours are Wednesdays 3-4pm, or by appointment. There is a sign-up sheet on my door on 121 Mulford Hall.  Updated: 2014/1/1

Research Interests

GIS and remote sensing

Research Description

I am a Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management department at UC Berkeley. I study the drivers, patterns and consequences of environmental change across California’s spatially complex, socially…[read more]

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Claire Kremen

Professor

Email: ckremen@berkeley.edu

Office: 217 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-643-6339

Website(s): Kremen Lab Group   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Fri, 2-3 PM; Updated 08/25/2011

Research Interests

Conservation Biology, entomology

Research Description

As a conservation biologist, I seek mechanisms for slowing or preventing the loss of biodiversity, which is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Estimates of the magnitude of species…[read more]

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Isao Kubo

Professor

Email: ikubo@berkeley.edu

Office: 232A Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-6303

Fax: 510-643-5438

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Thursday 1:30-4:30, By Appointment, Updated: 2010/08/20

Research Interests

Natural products chemistry

Research Description

Our group has been searching for ecologically sound pest control agents based on natural products (including biopolymers such as enzymes) that fundamentally regulate nature. Our studies have focused on developing alternative insect control agents, but…[read more]

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Laura Nielsen Lammers

Assistant Professor

Email: lnlammers@berkeley.edu

Office: 326 Hilgard Hall

Website(s): UCB Geochemistry   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Environmental geochemistry, crystal growth, mineral-fluid and fluid-fluid interfacial processes, contaminant transport

Research Description

The interfaces between mineral surfaces and complex aqueous fluids are exciting and dynamic environments that govern a vast array of geochemically important processes, from contaminant sequestration to biomineralization, and from soil nutrient release to contaminant…[read more]

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Vernard Lewis

Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: urbanpests@berkeley.edu

Office: Richmond Field Station

Phone: 510-665-6724

Fax: 510-665-3427

Website(s): UC Berkeley Urban Pest Management Center   Structural Pest Research & Outreach Fund

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Biology and management of structural and household pests.

Research Description

I am a Cooperative Extension Specialist with statewide responsibilities. The duties of my job include conducting applied research and outreach. My research focuses on household and structural insect pests, particularly, termites and bed bugs. I…[read more]

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Jonas Meckling

Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy

Email: meckling@berkeley.edu

Office: 122 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510 643-1966

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

climate policy, energy policy, political economy

Research Description

My research focuses on the comparative and international political economy of energy and climate change. I am particularly interested in the politics of clean energy policy and market-based environmental policy. Why do countries choose particular…[read more]

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Carolyn Merchant

Professor

Email: merchant@berkeley.edu

Office: 138 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-642-0326

Fax: 510-643-4361

Website(s): Carolyn Merchant CV and Information   Environmental History

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: M 1-2, Tu 4-5

Research Interests

Environmental history, philosophy and ethics

Research Description

As Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics, I conduct research on these three topics and their interrelationships. I focus on American environmental and cultural history in the overall context of Western history, philosophy, and…[read more]

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Adina Merenlender

Cooperative Extension Specialist, Adjunct Professor

Email: adinam@berkeley.edu

Office: Hopland Research and Extension Center

Phone: 707-744-1270

Fax: (707) 744-1040

Website(s): Merenlender Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Conservation biology

Research Description

My primary focus is in the field of conservation biology. In particular, I am interested in the forces that influence loss of biodiversity at all hierarchical levels from genes to ecosystems. My experience spans from…[read more]

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Nicholas J. Mills

Professor

Email: nmills@berkeley.edu

Office: 310 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-1711

Website(s): Mills Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Invasive species, Biological control, Population ecology, Entomology/Insect biology

Research Description

The focus of my research group is the biological control of insect pests and the ecology of insect parasitism and predation. Classical biological control has an outstanding history of success in the sustained regional control…[read more]

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Katharine Milton

Professor

Email: kmilton@berkeley.edu

Office: 349 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-8607

Website(s): Milton Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4pm, Updated: 2010/08/20

Research Interests

Tropical ecology of humans and non-human primates diet parasite-host interactions

Research Description

I am broadly interested in the dietary ecology of Primates, including human ancestors and modern humans. I have worked extensively on the dietary ecology of a number of indigenous groups in the Brazilian Amazon to…[read more]

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Rachel Morello-Frosch

Professor

Email: rmf@berkeley.edu

Office: 128B Giannini

Phone: 510-643-6358

Fax: 510-643-4361

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Mondays, 10-11:30

Research Interests

Race and class determinants of the distribution of health risks associated with air pollution among diverse communities in the United States.

Research Description

My research focuses on environmental health and environmental justice. I am particularly interested in addressing the double jeopardy faced by communities of color and the poor who experience high exposures to environmental hazards and who…[read more]

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Max A. Moritz

Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: mmoritz@berkeley.edu

Office: Santa Barbara County Cooperative Extension

Phone: 805-893-2125

Lab Phone: (email is best route!)

Website(s): Moritz Fire Lab   SB UCCE

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Fire Ecology and Management

Research Description

Much of my work is focused on understanding the dynamics of fire regimes at relatively broad scales and applying this information in ecosystem management. We use quantitative analyses of fire history, examining the relative importance…[read more]

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Patrick M. O’Grady

Assistant Professor

Email: ogrady@berkeley.edu

Office: 125A Hilgard

Phone: 510-642-0662

Website(s): O'Grady Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Population genetics and phylogenetics of Drosophila, adaptive radiation, biogeography

Research Description

I am interested in the patterns and processes that generate and maintain biological diversity. Research projects in my laboratory cover a range of biological disciplines including morphology and taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, population genetics, molecular evolution…[read more]

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Kevin O’Hara

Professor

Email: kohara@berkeley.edu

Office: 207 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-2127

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): O'Hara Research Page   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: MW 10-11 and by appointment

Research Interests

Stand dynamics silviculture forest management

Research Description

My research involves integrating stand dynamics into stand- and landscape-level decision-making. Stand dynamics generally refers to changes in stand structure and accompanying processes over time. With a good understanding of stand structure and stand development,…[read more]

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Kate O’Neill

Associate Professor

Email: kmoneill@berkeley.edu

Office: 129 Giannini Hall

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Spring 2014: Mondays, 2-4 pm

Research Interests

International environmental politics/ global political economy

Research Description

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Dara O’Rourke

Associate Professor

Email: orourke@ berkeley.edu

Office: 130B Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-643-3110

Website(s): O'Rourke Research Website   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Wednesday, 2-4, Updated: 2014/01/28

Research Interests

Environmental justice, globalization, industrial ecology, labor

Research Description

My current research analyzes systems for regulating the environmental and social impacts of industrial activities. Through a range of projects, I have been examining trends in industrial development, and state, firm, and community responses to…[read more]

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George Oster

Professor

Email: goster@berkeley.edu

Office: 218 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-5277

Website(s): George Oster Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Mathematical biology and biophysics

Research Description

My research involves construction and testing of theoretical models of molecular, cellular and developmental processes.

Current Projects

Current Projects include investigations into the basic physics and chemistry of protein motors, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell motility, membrane geometry…[read more]

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Céline Pallud

Associate Professor

Email: cpallud@berkeley.edu

Office: 151A Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-6359

Website(s): Pallud Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Monday 3:00-5:00 pm or by appointment

Research Interests

Soil & environmental biogeophysics, fate & transport of contaminants

Research Description

The Soil and Environmental Biogeophysics Lab focuses on the analysis and prediction of transport and fate of chemical species that are of importance to the functioning, quality and remediation of soils, surface sediments and water….[read more]

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Nancy Lee Peluso

Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy

Email: npeluso@berkeley.edu

Office: 139 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-643-2797

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment; Mondays 2-5  

Research Interests

political ecology/environmental sociology/resource policy/forests/agrarian change/property and access

Research Description

My students and I study the social processes that affect the management of land-based resources, using ethnographic, historical, and other broadly sociological research methods.  My work explores various dimensions of resource access, use, and control,…[read more]

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Matthew D. Potts

Assistant Professor

Email: mdpotts@berkeley.edu

Office: 203a Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-5580

Lab Phone: 510-642-5580

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Pottsgroup   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Monday 4 pm - 5 pm or by appointment

Research Interests

forest management, biofuels, plantation agriculture, land use planning, land use policy, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, tropical ecology, environmental economics

Research Description

My goal: building quantitative understanding of how to optimally achieve ecosystem service production and biodiversity conservation in multi-use landscapes. My work addresses unanswered, fundamental ecological questions while directly informing how to sustainably manage temperate and…[read more]

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Vincent Resh

Professor

Email: resh@berkeley.edu

Office: 305 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-3763

Website(s): The Resh Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Aquatic Biology, Water Pollution, Modeling, Entomology

Research Description

The research program in my laboratory follows three lines: (1) studies of the evolutionary biology and ecology of aquatic insects, crustaceans, and molluscs in stream and river habitats; (2) the evaluation of habitat manipulations for…[read more]

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Robert Rhew

Associate Professor

Email: rrhew@atmos.berkeley.edu

Office: 539 McCone Hall

Phone: 510 643-3579

Website(s): Rhew Lab Research Website   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Description

Although trace gases constitute less than 1% of the composition of the atmosphere, they are compounds that regulate the Earth’s greenhouse effect, the balance of stratospheric ozone, and most of the chemical reactions in the…[read more]

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George K. Roderick

Professor, Department Chair

Email: roderick@berkeley.edu

Office: 227B Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-3326

Fax: 510.643.5438

Website(s): Roderick Website   Evolab

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: M, 9-10, 2013 VLSB Tu, 8-9, 2013 VLSB Tu, 2-3, 2013 VLSB W, 9-10, 2013 VLSB and by appointment, roderick.help@berkeley.edu there will be additional hours during the RRR week, as well as the regular scheduled class meeting times.

Research Interests

Population biology and genetics, Evolutionary ecology, Invasion biology, Conservation biology, Arthropod biodiversity science

Research Description

Of particular interest are two interrelated topics: the biology and genetics of biological invasions, and the history and structure of populations. Both topics are viewed especially in the context of biodiversity science. The work addresses…[read more]

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Erica Bree Rosenblum

Assistant Professor

Email: rosenblum@berkeley.edu

Office: 327 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-2108

Website(s): Rosenblum Lab    

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Evolutionary ecology, speciation and extinction, ecological genomics, herpetology, global change biology

Research Description

The Rosenblum lab studies the processes that generate and impact biological diversity.  We are particularly interested in both sides of the evolutionary speciation/extinction “coin” and in determining the mechanisms of rapid adaptation of animals to changing environments.  We…[read more]

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Thomas A. Scott

Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: thomas.scott@ucr.edu

Office: 151 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 951-827-5115

Fax: 510-643-5438

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Wildlife conservation, human impacts on wildlife, wildlife/urban interface

Research Description

Wildlife conservation in fragmented and altered landscapes, including studies of wildlife movement, habitat use, and population biology in oak woodland, sage scrub, and riparian habitats; behavioral changes and adjustments in habitat use of woodland bird…[read more]

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Whendee Silver

Professor

Email: wsilver@berkeley.edu

Office: 319 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-643-3074

Fax: 510-643-5098

Website(s): Silver Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry

Research Description

My research interests are in the field of ecosystem ecology, and include biogeochemical cycling in the plant-soil-atmosphere interfaces, the effects of disturbance on nutrient cycling, and the relationships among nutrient cycling, land-use, and biodiversity. My…[read more]

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Jennifer Sowerwine

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SPECIALIST

Email: jsowerwi@berkeley.edu

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

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Richard B. Standiford

Cooperative Extension Forest Management Specialist

Email: standifo@berkeley.edu

Office: 162 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-5428

Fax: 510-643-3490

Website(s): Richard Standiford Website   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Forest Management

Research Description

Cultural Research Areas

Resource economics; natural resource management and decision-making; silviculture; bioeconomic modeling; hardwood management

Extension Areas

Education of nonindustrial private forest landowners; education of hardwood range owners; monitoring hardwood rangelands; continuing education of professional foresters; growth and…[read more]

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Scott L. Stephens

Professor

Email: sstephens[at]berkeley.edu

Office: 209 Mulford Hall; Lab: 360 Mulford Hall

Phone: (510) 642-7304

Lab Phone: (510) 642-4934

Website(s): Stephens Lab   Center for Fire Research and Outreach

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: MW 11-12 or by appointment, Updated: 2014/08/21

Research Interests

Wildland fire science, fire ecology, forest management, forest ecology, forest policy

Research Description

I am interested in the interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems. This includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how future fires and management may change…[read more]

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William Stewart

Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: billstewart@berkeley.edu

Office: 211 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-3130

Fax: 510-643-5438

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Watershed management, forest management, resource economics

Research Description

My areas of interest for both research and extension center around improving the positive financial linkages between working forests and rangelands on one hand and our urban residents on the other. In addition to the…[read more]

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Katharine Suding

Associate Professor

Email: suding@berkeley.edu

Office: 347 Hilgard

Lab Phone: (510) 642-1334

Fax: (510) 643-5438

Website(s): Suding Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment. Please sign up on the lab calender. For login information, contact me or Liana Nichols (liana at berkeley.edu)

Research Interests

Plant Community Ecology; Restoration, Invasion biology, Environmental change, Conservation

Research Description

I am a plant community ecologist working at the interface of ecosystem, landscape and population biology. My goal is to apply cutting-edge “usable” science to the challenges of restoration, species invasion, and environmental change. My research group…[read more]

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Kimberly TallBear

Assistant Professor

Email: kimberly.tallbear@berkeley.edu

Office: 122 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510 643-1966

Fax: 510-666-3458

Website(s): Kim TallBear: Indigeneity & Technoscience   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Indigenous Peoples, Science, Technology, and Policy

Research Description

My research and teaching cross the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), feminist science studies, anthropology of science, cultural studies, and Native American Studies (NAS). I critically integrate frameworks and methods from these disciplines…[read more]

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Mark Tanouye

Professor

Email: tanouye@berkeley.edu

Office: 131 Life Science Addition

Phone: 510-642-9404

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Tanouye Lab   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Insect neurophysiology

Research Description

We are interested in developing novel genetic approaches to study the causes of human nervous system disorders. We are especially interested in human epilepsy and have recently developed a genetic model of epilepsy utilizing Drosophila…[read more]

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William D. Tietje

Cooperative Extension Specialist

Email: tietje@berkeley.edu

Office: San Luis Obispo, CA

Phone: 805-781-5938

Fax: 805-781-5438

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Oak woodland ecology, human impacts on wildlife

Research Description

Response of wildlife to land management in California oak woodland

  • Habitat associations and demography of small mammals in relation to prescribed burning and shrub understory in oak woodland
  • Shrub understory, wildlife diversity, and ranch economics on oak…[read more]
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Neil Tsutsui

Associate Professor

Email: ntsutsui@berkeley.edu

Office: 326 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-9012

Website(s): The Tsutsui Lab    

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Genetics and behavior of social insects

Research Description

The research in our lab focuses on ants and bees – how they communicate, why they behave the ways they do, their ecology, and their evolution. We work in both the field and the lab,…[read more]

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Ian Wang

Assistant Professor

Email: ianwang@berkeley.edu

Office: 331 Hilgard Hall

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

landscape genetics, landscape ecology, ecological and conservation genomics

Research Description

I study the ways in which geographic and environmental variation shape patterns of genetic and morphological variation.  My major research interests lie within three areas in this general framework: 1) landscape genetics, 2) ecological and…[read more]

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Kipling (Kip) Will

Associate Professor

Email: kipwill@berkeley.edu

Office: 319 Wellman Hall

Website(s): Will Lab   Essig Museum

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Thursday 1-2 or by appointment

Research Interests

Carabid beetles/ Insect Systematics/ Associate Director,Essig Museum of Entomology

Research Description

My research interests center on the systematics, integrative-taxonomy and natural history of insects. I use a broad range of data types (morphology, DNA, behaviors, etc.) to develop phylogenetic hypotheses. These data contribute to monographic revisions…[read more]

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David E. Winickoff

Associate Professor of Bioethics and Society

Email: winickoff@berkeley.edu

Office: 115 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-643-0319

Fax: 510-643-5438

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: Mon 1:30 - 3:30 Updated: 01/17/14    

Research Description

I analyze the role of science and expertise in environmental law and politics, and explore biotechnology and medicine from an ethical, legal and social perspective. I write about questions of biological resources, property rights, and…[read more]

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