25 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 (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Plants on the move: data science, population genetics, and pollen dispersal (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? (Check back for status)
(2) The genetics of behavioral isolation in Drosophila (Check back for status)
(3) Mechanisms and evolution of heterochromatin formation in early development (Check back for status)
(4) Speciation genetics and evolution of reproductive incompatibilities in Drosophila (Check back for status)
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). (Open)
Rauri Bowie, Professor
(1) Determining what factors influence the microbiome of wild populations of birds (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Molecular and Morphology Adaptation of Savanna Sparrows to Tidal Marshes (Open)
(3) DNA sequencing to investigate bird diversification and the role of pathogens in modulating biodiversity (Open)
(4) Architectural Innovation and Evolution of Weaverbird Nests (Open)
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 (Full- no new appr needed)
Roy Caldwell, Professor
(1) Behavior of Stomatopod Crustaceans (Open)
(2) The development and early behavior of octopuses. (Open)
Robert Dudley, Professor
(1) How do hummingbirds breathe, drink, and fly at the same time? (Open)
(2) A Global Estimate for Insect Biomass (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) How do arboreal lizards glide? (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Hummingbird Flight Performance in the Tropics (Open)
Christie Ferrecchia, DVM, Integrative Biology
(1) Apprenticeship in Laboratory Animal Medicine with Veterinary Staff (Full- no new appr needed)
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 (Open)
(2) Environmental and Ecological Change in Coastal Marine California from the Pleistocene to today (Open)
(3) Effects of the Uplift of the Isthmus of Panama on the Ecology, Evolution, and Extinction of Mollusks (Open)
(4) Which Factors determine Biodiversity and Body Size Patterns in Crustaceans? (Open)
John Huelsenbeck, Professor
(1) A web-based interface for RevBayes (Open)
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... (Open)
Britt Koskella, Professor
(1) The costs and benefits of using phage cocktails to treat a bacterial plant pathogen (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Experimental evolution of biofilm formation and its impacts on pathogen virulence and bacteria-phage interactions within a plant host (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Tracking bacteria-phage dynamics in a natural tree disease system (Full- no new appr needed)
Eileen Lacey, Professor
(1) Social structure of birds and mammals (Open)
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 (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Explaining the bizarre biogeography of cycads (Full- no new appr needed)
Brent Mishler, Professor
(1) UV Tolerance in Mojave Dryland Mosses (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Spatial phylogenetic diversity in the Mojave National Preserve (Check back for status)
(3) Uncovering the genetic sex of clonal Syntrichia desert mosses (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Presentation of Scientific Findings (Full- no new appr needed)
Michael Nachman, Professor
(1) The genetic basis of speciation in house mice (Open)
(2) Skeletal variation in house mice: do tropical mice have longer tails than temperate mice? (Open)
Mary E. Power, Professor
(1) Food webs in rivers and watersheds/Eyes on the Eel (Check back for status)
(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 (Check back for status)
Carl Rothfels, Professor
(1) Phylogeography and Molecular Genomics of a Ethnobotanically Relevant Tuber Crop in the Americas (Full- no new appr needed)
Michael Shapira, Professor
(1) The role of environmentally-acquired gut microbes in host adaptation to environmental stress (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Age-dependent interactions between C. elegans stress signaling and a regulator of longevity (Full- no new appr needed)
Ellen Simms, Professor
(1) Do rhizobia adapt to herbicide exposure? (Open)
(2) Have invasive rhizobia escaped their bacteriophage enemies? (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Genetic mechanisms of flowering time in Ipomoea morning glories (Check back for status)
Wayne Sousa, Professor
(1) Population dynamics of bloom-forming algae in San Francisco Bay (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Effects of non-native plant invasions on the diversity, species composition, and trophic structure of grassland invertebrate assemblages (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Nocturnal transpiration in parasitic plants (Open)
(4) Herbivory and nutrient cycling after chaparral fire (Full- no new appr needed)
Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina, Professor
(1) Role of lung peroxiredoxin 6 in ferroptosis (Full- no new appr needed)
Noah Whiteman, Professor
(1) Maintenance of Genetic Variation Through Species Interactions (Check back for status)
(2) Multimodal chemosensory reception in herbivorous insects (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique in a Drosophila that attacks plants (Open)
(4) The role of gut bacteria in the evolution of herbivory (Check back for status)
Caroline Williams, Professor
(1) Carry over effects of snow on willow leaf beetles (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Life history trade-offs in the field and the laboratory (Open)
(3) Functional characterization of proteins underlying cold-tolerance in tardigrades (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY OPPORTUNITY: De novo protein modeling & evolutionary analysis of gene families underlying tardigrade stress-tolerance (Full- no new appr needed)