Diane Pataki
  • Professor, Biology
  • Associate Dean of Student Affairs
  • Associate Professor, Biology

Current Courses

Spring 2018

  • BIOL 4950-026
    Directed Reading
  • BIOL 4955-023
    Individual Research
  • BIOL 5440-001
    Urban Ecology
    Location: ASB 210 (Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biol Res)
  • BIOL 7950-055
    Independent Study
  • BIOL 7970-065
    Thesis Research - Phd
  • CMP 6610-001
    Urban Ecology
    Location: ASB 210 (Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biol Res)

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union. 12/2008 - present. Position : Fellow.
  • American Geophysical Union. 12/1999 - present. Position : Member.
  • Ecological Society of America. 08/1996 - present. Position : Member.

Courses I Teach

  • BIOL 5540/CMP 6610 - Urban Ecology
    The study of urban ecosystems involves both biological and social perspectives on the science of ecology. We will try to integrate these two perspectives in this class. Urban ecological processes are dominated by human activities and decision-making, but also interact with the local environment and with other organisms to influence biodiversity, habitat, available resources, pollution, public health, and many other aspects of human-environment interactions. We will examine different methods and perspectives of the study of cities as ecosystems, and the implications for urban policy, planning, and design. We will focus on several case studies in Salt Lake City and its surroundings, which will provide a framework for placed-based urban ecology.