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Organisms & Environment

Faculty & Specialists

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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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John Casida

Professor of the Graduate School

Email: ectl@berkeley.edu

Office: 114 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-5424

Fax: 510-642-6497

Research Interests

Pesticide chemistry and toxicology

Research Description

Research in the Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory emphasizes pesticide mode of action and metabolism. This information is important to optimize pesticide use, improve their selectivity and environmental characteristics, and minimize the hazards of exposure…[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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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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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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Brian L. Fisher

Associate Adjunct Professor

Email: bfisher@calacademy.org

Phone: 415-326-8314

Lab Phone: 415-326-8314

Website(s): California Academy of Sciences Staff Page   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Entomology, Ants

Research Description

Objectives:

  1. Explore mechanisms driving the accumulation of restricted-range species at regional and local levels in the southwest Indian Ocean.
  2. Apply knowledge on the origin and radiation of arthropods across the southwest Indian Ocean to inform and aid…[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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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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Charles Griswold

Adjunct Professor

Email: cgriswold@calacademy.org

Office: California Academy of Sciences

Phone: 415-321-8312

Website(s): California Academy of Sciences Staff Page   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Entomology

Research Description

In the past 150 years 500 species of goblin spiders have been described: we estimate that the true number is greater than 2000.  We are attempting to compress several lifetimes worth of work into 7…[read more]

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David Kavanaugh

Adjunct Professor

Email: dkavanaugh@calacademy.org

Office: California Academy of Sciences

Phone: 415-379-5315

Website(s): California Academy of Sciences Staff Page   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Systematics, biogeography, evolution, and natural history of carabid beetles

Research Description

  • Systematics, biogeography, evolution, and natural history of carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae).
  • Changes in the altitudinal distributions of montane carabid beetles as indicators of climate change.
  • Biogeography, ecology, and evolution of high-altitude, montane organisms and faunas.
  • General aspects of…[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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Robert S. Lane

Professor of the Graduate School

Email: blane@berkeley.edu

Office: 411 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-4385

Fax: 510-642-7428

Research Interests

Medical entomology, parasitology, tick-borne diseases

Research Description

We have been studying the ecology, epidemiology and prevention of tick-borne diseases, particularly the spirochete (bacterium) that causes Lyme disease (LD). LD currently is the most commonly reported vector-borne infection United States, and in other…[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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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: Tuesdays 2-4pm Room 349 Hilgard Updated: 2014/09/09

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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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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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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Jerry Powell

Professor of the Graduate School

Email: powellj@berkeley.edu

Office: 214 Wellman Hall

Phone: (510) 642-3207

Website(s): Essig Museum of Entomology Powell Page   

Research Interests

Systematic entomology

Research Description

The principal theme of my research has been to discover and correlate biological features with traditional morphological evidence in the development of biosystematic relationships of microlepidoptera (small moths). My approach can be categorized along four…[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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George K. Roderick

Professor, Department Chair

Email: roderick@berkeley.edu

Office: 145 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-3326

Fax: 510.643.5438

Website(s): Roderick Website   Evolab

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: by appointment in Fall semester, 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, 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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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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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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Robert Van Steenwyk

Cooperative Extension Specialist - Emeritus

Email: bobvanst@berkeley.edu

Office: 140 Oxford Tract

Phone: 510-643-5159

Fax: 510-642-4879

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Pest management of deciduous fruit, nut, and vine crops.

Research Description

My research interest is in integrated insect pest management of deciduous fruit, nut and vine crops. I also have an interest in various insect-marking techniques as a means to measure insect dispersal and other biological…[read more]

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Stephen C. Welter

Professor Emeritus

Email: welters@berkeley.edu

Office: 5063 VLSB

Phone: 510-642-2355

Fax: 510-643-7430

Website(s): Welter Lab   

Research Group(s):   

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Plant-insect interactions and agricultural entomology

Research Description

Research projects in my laboratory have generally fallen within two major categories: plant-insect interactions or understanding and managing insect populations in agricultural settings. One recent emphasis of the plant-insect work has been to understand the…[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 Wood

Professor of the Graduate School

Email: bigwood@berkeley.edu

Office: 137 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 510-642-5538

Fax: 510-643-5438

Website(s): Wood and Tree Insects   

Research Interests

Forest entomology and chemical ecology

Research Description

Biology of bark beetles (Scolytidae) and subterranean termites (Reticulitermes spp.), insect host selection behavior, insect pheromones, use of behavior-modifying chemicals in forest pest management, forest entomology, pathogen/tree/bark beetle interactions.

See my website for more information.

Fall…[read more]

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