21 Faculty/Mentors

Integrative Biology

David Ackerly, Professor
(1) Forest responses to climate change in Northern California (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Phenology dynamics in California grassland communities (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Relationships among climatic tolerance, trait evolution and diversification in the California flora (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Genetic architecture and phenotypic variation in blue oaks (Full- no new appr needed)
Doris Bachtrog, Professor
(1) The role of sex chromosomes in aging: does the Y chromosome contribute to a shorter male lifespan? (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) The genetics of behavioral isolation in Drosophila (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Mechanisms and evolution of heterochromatin formation in early development (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Speciation genetics and evolution of reproductive incompatibilities in Drosophila (Current Term Now Closed)
Bruce Baldwin, Professor
(1) Phylogenomics and cryptic diversity in parasitic Orobanche (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Biogeography and taxonomy of flax (Linum: Linaceae) (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Computational evolutionary biology / phylogenetic modeling (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Evolutionary ecology of the rock daisies (Peritylinae; Asteraceae). (Current Term Now Closed)
Mike Boots, Professor
(1) Co-infection dynamics in changing environments (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Plasticity of Resistance - Does Host Crowding Influence Resistance to Viral Infection in Plodia? (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Maternal versus Paternal Contributions to Trans-generational Immune Priming (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Dispersal Rates - Do Host Genetics Influence Dispersal Distances/Rates in Plodia? (Full- no new appr needed)
George A. Brooks, Professor
(1) Aging Research, Project 1: Center for Research and Education on Aging (CREA) Research Projects (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Exercise Metabolism, Project 2: Stable Isotopes in the Study of Metabolism (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Exercise Metabolism, Project 3: Regulation of Muscle Cell Membrane Lactate Transporter Protein Expression (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Project 4: Metabolic Adaptions following Traumatic Brain Injury (Current Term Now Closed)
Roy Caldwell, Professor
(1) Behavior of Stomatopod Crustaceans (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) The development and early behavior of octopuses. (Current Term Now Closed)
Robert Dudley, Professor
(1) How do hummingbirds breathe, drink, and fly at the same time? (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) A Global Estimate for Insect Biomass (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Biomechanics of Gliding in Arboreal Geckos (Current Term Now Closed)
(4) Analyzing Variation in Bird Wing Bone (Current Term Now Closed)
Paul Fine, Professor
(1) Molecular phylogenetics of Protium (Burseraceae) (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography of the beaked hazelnuts (Corylus cornuta, Betulaceae) (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) The role of climate and geology on the phylogenetic beta diversity patterns of Amazonian tree communities (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Identification of tropical trees using drone images (Full- no new appr needed)
Seth Finnegan, Professor
(1) The Evolution of Mollusk Shell Ornamentation as a Defense against Predation (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Environmental and Ecological Change in Coastal Marine California from the Pleistocene to today (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Effects of the Uplift of the Isthmus of Panama on the Ecology, Evolution, and Extinction of Caribbean Bivalves (Current Term Now Closed)
(4) Which Factors determine Biodiversity and Body Size Patterns in Crustaceans? (Current Term Now Closed)
Mimi Koehl, Professor
(1) Biomechanics of how organisms interact with their physical environments: How turbulent water flow and waves in the ocean affect marine organisms, how protozoan predators and prey swim and interact, and more... (Full- no new appr needed)
Britt Koskella, Professor
(1) The costs and benefits of using phage cocktails to treat a bacterial plant pathogen (Full- no new appr needed)
Cynthia Looy, Professor
(1) California floras and palynofloras, past and present (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Ecology and evolution of Cretaceous tropical forests (Full- no new appr needed)
Charles Marshall, Professor
(1) Biogeography and paleoecology of epeiric seaways (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) The evolutionary and ecological origins of the Hawaiian flora (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Explaining the bizarre biogeography of cycads (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) The footprint of extinction on phylogenies (Full- no new appr needed)
Brent Mishler, Professor
(2) Spatial phylogenetic diversity in the Mojave National Preserve (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Uncovering the genetic sex of clonal Syntrichia desert mosses (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Presentation of Scientific Findings (Current Term Now Closed)
Nipam Patel, Professor
(1) Using gynandromorphs to explore the development of insect wings (Current Term Now Closed)
(4) Development of Structural Colors in Butterflies (Current Term Now Closed)
Mary E. Power, Professor
(1) Food webs in rivers and watersheds/Eyes on the Eel (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Distribution and toxicity of cyanobacteria in rivers of the California North Coast (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Phenology of Stream Food Webs for Juvenile Salmonids in Northern California (Current Term Now Closed)
Michael Shapira, Professor
(1) The role of environmentally-acquired gut microbes in host adaptation to environmental stress (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Age-dependent interactions between C. elegans stress signaling and a regulator of longevity (Current Term Now Closed)
Ellen Simms, Professor
(1) Have invasive rhizobia escaped their bacteriophage enemies? (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Non-rhizobia in legume nodules and their use as biofertilizers (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Drivers of Legume Invasions in the Bay Area (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Mutualism theory predicts how legumes influence biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships under global change (Full- no new appr needed)
Wayne Sousa, Professor
(1) Population dynamics of bloom-forming algae in San Francisco Bay (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Effects of non-native plant invasions on the diversity, species composition, and trophic structure of grassland invertebrate assemblages (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Ecology and physiology of parasitic plants (Current Term Now Closed)
(4) Herbivory and nutrient cycling after chaparral fire (Current Term Now Closed)
Noah Whiteman, Professor
(1) Reproductive trait evolution and the invasion of novel habitats (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Multimodal chemosensory reception in herbivorous insects (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) The consequences of hybridization on plant defenses and herbivory (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) The role of gut bacteria in the evolution of herbivory (Current Term Now Closed)
Caroline Williams, Professor
(1) Carry over effects of snow on willow leaf beetles (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Life history trade-offs in the field and the laboratory (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Cross-seasonal consequences of winter metabolism – mitochondrial metabolism and nutrient flux through glycolysis and gluconeogenesis (Current Term Now Closed)