UC Davis Classes
Neil Teaches the following classes.
GDB101 – Epidemiology – (Winter Quarter, annually). This is one of the upper division core classes for the major in Global Disease Biology. The course covers the theory and practice of epidemiology in human, animal and plant health. Quantitative methods play a large part in the lecture material but the emphasis of the course is on principles. A practical section is used to introduce concepts of disease modeling and population dynamics.
PLP201A – Impacts, Mechanisms and Control of Plant Disease – (Winter Quarter, annually) This is the core graduate level course on general plant pathology and disease management. Topics include: microbial ecology, disease life histories, physical, cultural, and regulatory control methods; simulation and modeling of diseases; stochastic and chaotic events in epidemiology; and evaluation of disease prediction systems. Includes a practical section where students design and create their own epidemiology game. Co-taught with Prof Tom Gordon and Prof Johan Leveau.
PLP298 – Seminar in Quantitative Methods – (Quarterly, dependent on demand). A facilitated discussion of data analysis, statistics, and modeling focused on questions raised by students in their own research projects. Practical examples use R to illustrate possible solutions.
SAS/SAFS – Simple models for Studying Sustainability – (in development probable timing Fall Quarter, annually). This will be an upper division class in the Science and Society Program that will be cross-posted in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major. The class will introduce methods for building simple causal models of sustainable systems and using them to explore policy questions and for linking theoretical analyses of sustainability and resilience to operational activities in extension and outreach.