Updated: December 16, 2014

Instructor: Dr. Ron Coleman

Seminar: Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:20pm.

A series of at least 14 seminars in ecological and environmental issues. Topics within each seminar will vary each semester. May be repeated for credit. No more than one unit of BIO 186 may be counted toward the upper division major requirement.

Field trips. None
Prerequisite: BIO 1,2; Cross-listed as ENVS 186B; only one may be counted for credit
Graded: Credit/No credit
Scheduling: Every fall, next offered Fall 2014
Units: 1
Text: No text.

Syllabus: WordPerfect, Word, HTML, PDF (updated for Fall 2014)

Date Speakers for Fall 2014 Title
Sept 3 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Introduction to Course
Sept 10 Tim Horner CSUS Geology If you build it, will they come? Salmon restoration on the American River
Sept 17 Bob Metcalf CSUS Biological Sciences The Energy Crisis in Africa, with a Solar Alternative
Sept 24 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Research in the Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Laboratory
Oct 1 Jamie Kneitel CSUS Biological Sciences The Latitudinal Gradient of Biodiversity: Do California Vernal Pools Fit the Pattern
Oct 8 * Journals due for M-Z Dave Wyatt Sacramento City College Bats, Bugs and Crowdfunding: Belize
Oct 15* Journals due for A-L Pat Foley CSUS Biological Sciences Bee Community Structure in the Crystal Basin
Oct 22 Mike FinnanCSUS Army Corps of Engineers

Reflections of an Ecologist in the US Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Regulatory Program

Oct 29 Robert Shields Environmental Consultant with Harvey & Associates A Year in the Field for a Wildlife Biologist
Nov 5 Anke Mueller-Solger US Geological Survey Boom and Bust is our Lot: Droughts, Floods and the California Delta
Nov 12 Angus Wright CSUS Environmental Studies Natural Systems Agriculture: Perrennial Polyculture
Nov 19

Teo Courtney, Jasmine Hamilton CSUS Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Research
Nov 26 Thanksgiving eve ----- No seminar ------
Dec 3 Jimmy Pitzer CSUS Biological Sciences The Ecology of Stable Flies Associated with Equine Facilities in Florida
Dec 10 Cancelled Cancelled -- speaker had to cancel at last minute. Sorry.

 

Date Speakers for Fall 2013 Title
Sept 4 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Introduction to Course
Sept 11 Tim Horner CSUS Geology If you build it, will they come? Salmon restoration on the American River
Sept 18 Matt McGee UC Davis Nile perch and Lake Victoria extinctions
Sept 25 Bob Metcalf CSUS Biological Sciences The Energy Crisis in Africa, with a Solar Alternative
Oct 2 Rich Bireley CA Dept. Pesticide Regulation Honeybees
Oct 9 * Journals due for M-Z Robert Shields Environmental Consultant with Harvey & Associates A Year in the Field for a Wildlife Biologist
Oct 16* Journals due for A-L Sadie St. Lawrence, Jasmine Hamilton CSUS Undergraduate Research
Oct 23 Gail Patricelli UC Davis Courtship negotiations in sage-grouse: experiments using a robotic female
Oct 30 Jamie Kneitel CSUS Biological Sciences Hydro-regime effects in California Vernal Pools
Nov 6 Tom Suchanek US Geological Survey Projected Climate Change Impacts to the Western US
Nov 13 Pamela Reynolds UC Davis Project ZEN
Nov 20

Ramona Swenson Cardno/Entrix

The Delta: Water, Fish, Floods and Money
Nov 27 Thanksgiving eve ----- No seminar ------
Dec 4 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Underwater Treasures of Costa Rica
Dec 11 Jim Baxter CSUS Biological Sciences The California Environmenal Legacy Project: Connecting Californians and Environmental Change

 

 

Date Speakers for Fall 2012 Title
Aug 29 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Introduction to Course
Sept 5 Bob Metcalf CSUS Biological Sciences The Energy Crisis in Africa, with a Solar Alternative
Sept 12 Tim Horner CSUS Geology If you build it, will they come? Salmon restoration on the American River
Sept 19 Robert Shields Environmental Consultant with Harvey & Associates A Year in the Field for a Wildlife Biologist
Sept 26 Erika Fritsch UC Davis Environmental chemical impacts on Ca2+ signalling in fish species
Oct 3 * Journals due for M-Z Matt McGee UC Davis Underwater Predators: The Evolution of Suction Feeding in Fishes
Oct 10* Journals due for A-L Jamie Kneitel A Drop in the Bucket: Threats to Vernal Pools and Conservation Implications
Oct 17 Students (Sam Borstein, Esther Tracy, Alex Webb) Undergraduate Research
Oct 24 Ramona Swenson Cardno/Entrix The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Water, Fish, Floods and Money
Oct 31 Ron Coleman Fish Parental Care
Nov 7 Gail Patricelli UC Davis Courtship negotiations in sage-grouse: experiments using a robotic female
Nov 14

Keith Miles USGS

Sea Otters as Indicators of the Condition of the Nearshore Environment
Nov 21 Thanksgiving eve ----- No seminar ------
Nov 28 Lily Douglas Bureau of Land Management How to Get a Federal Job
Dec 5 Ben Sacks UC Davis California Foxes

 

Date Speakers for Fall 2010 Title
Sept 1 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Introduction to Course
Sept 8 Tim Horner CSUS Geology If you build it, will they come?  Gravel restoration projects on the American River
Sept 15 Bob Metcalf CSUS Biological Sciences The Energy Crisis in Africa, with a Solar Alternative
Sept 22 Sarah van Ruiten, Tracy Audisio and Angela DePalma CSUS Biological Sciences Summer Research Experiences
Sept 29 Tom Gohring Sacramento Water Forum The Sacramento Water Forum
Oct 6 no talk -- Journals due * Journals due
Oct 13 Rich Bireley CA Dept. Pesticide Regulation Evaluation of Pesticides for Effects to Nontarget Organisms
Oct 20 Rob Grasso US Fish and Wildlife Service Tapped out: Preserving Aquatic Biodiversity in Forested Landscapes
Oct 27 Larry Brown USGS Climate Change and Effects on Fishes in the San Francisco Estuary
Nov 3 G.O. Graening Use of Stable Isotopes in Speleobiology
Nov 10 Ramona Swenson Cardno ENTRIX Restoration at the Salton Sea: Opportunities, constraints, and things your professor didn't teach you about working
Nov 17

Robert Shields

A Year of Working in the Field
Nov 24 Thanksgiving eve ----- No seminar ------
Dec 1 Ron Coleman Parental Investment in Fishes
Dec 8 Geoff Teigen The Power of Poop

 

Date Speakers for Fall 2009 Title
Sept 2 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Introduction to Course
Sept 9 Bob Metcalf CSUS Biological Sciences The Energy Crisis in Africa, with a Solar Alternative
Sept 16 Leah Fisher US Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water
Sept 23 Michelle Stevens CSUS Environmental Studies The Tragedy of the Mesopotamian Marshes: a Lack of Water in the Tigris Euphrates Watershed.
Sept 30 Rich Bireley CA Dept. Pesticide Regulation Evaluation of Pesticides for Effects to Nontarget Organisms
Oct 7 Melanie Loo CSUS Biological Sciences Darwin, Evolution, and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands 
Oct 14 Ron Coleman CSUS Biological Sciences Earthquakes, fishes and floods: Dynamics of tropical riverine ecosystems
Oct 21 Shannon Datwyler CSUS Biological Sciences Pollination in the beardtonges 
Oct 28 Tim Washburn SAFCA Flood Risk Management Challenges in the Lower Sacramento Valley
Nov 4 Erika Holland UC Davis Eco-toxicology
Nov 11 Veterans Day -- University closed  
Nov 18

Mark Dendy CSUS/ARC

Seals and salmon in the Delta
Nov 25 Thanksgiving eve ----- No seminar ------
Dec 2 Dan Airola Airola Environmenal Consulting Sacramento's urban Purple Martins
Dec 9 Stephanie Carlson, UC Berkeley Central Valley salmon

 

 

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