16 Faculty/Mentors

Integrative Biology

David Ackerly, Professor
(1) Forest responses to climate change in Northern California (Check back for status)
(2) Phenology dynamics in California grassland communities (Check back for status)
(3) Relationships among climatic tolerance, trait evolution and diversification in the California flora (Check back for status)
(4) Genetic architecture and phenotypic variation in blue oaks (Check back for status)
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)
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 (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Exercise Metabolism, Project 2: Stable Isotopes in the Study of Metabolism (Current Term Now Closed)
(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? (Open)
(2) A Global Estimate for Insect Biomass (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Biomechanics of Gliding in Arboreal Geckos (Open)
(4) Analyzing Variation in Bird Wing Bone (Open)
Paul Fine, Professor
(1) Molecular phylogenetics of Protium (Burseraceae) (Current Term Now Closed)
(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 (Current Term Now Closed)
Seth Finnegan, Professor
(1) The evolution of mollusk shell ornamentation as a defense against predation (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Comparative Life History and Physiology of Pleistocene-Recent Pacific Coast Bivalves (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) Environmental control on the biodiversity and body size of crustaceans (Current Term Now Closed)
Britt Koskella, Professor
(1) The costs and benefits of using phage cocktails to treat a bacterial plant pathogen (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 (Check back for status)
(3) Uncovering the genetic sex of clonal Syntrichia desert mosses (Check back for status)
(4) Presentation of Scientific Findings (Open)
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 (Open)
Ellen Simms, Professor
(1) Have invasive rhizobia escaped their bacteriophage enemies? (Open)
(2) Non-rhizobia in legume nodules and their use as biofertilizers (Open)
(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) Invertebrates and nutrient cycling along a grassland invasion front (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Ecology and physiology of parasitic plants (Full- no new appr needed)
(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 (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) The consequences of hybridization on plant defenses and herbivory (Current Term Now Closed)
(4) The effects of herbivore gut bacteria on plant defenses to herbivore attack (Current Term Now Closed)