Gail Patricelli, Denali National Park 2019

Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology
Chair, Animal Behavior Graduate Group

Mailing address:
Department of Evolution and Ecology
University of California
One Shields Avenue
2320 Storer Hall
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: 530-754-8310
Fax: 530-752-1449
Twitter: @GailPatricelli

Office: 2208 Storer Hall
Lab: 2343 Storer Hall


2002: PhD in Biology; University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2001:  MS in Biology; University of Maryland, College Park, MD
1993:  BA in Biology (with Honors) and Art; Whitman College


2014 – present:  Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis
2010 – 2014:  Associate Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis
2004 – 2010:  Assistant Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis
2002 – 2004:  NSF Postdoc Fellow in Biological Informatics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Mentor: Jack W. Bradbury


2019:  Elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Society
2018:  Quest Award for outstanding seminal contribution, Animal Behavior Society
2018:  Elected Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society
2017:  UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
2016:  UC Davis College of Biological Sciences Faculty Teaching Award
2016:  Elected Member of the American Ornithologists’ Union
2015:  UC Davis ADVANCE Scholar Award for outstanding research activity and mentorship
UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow
2012:   UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship of Undergraduate Research
2010:   Outstanding New Investigator Award, Animal Behavior Society
2002:   Warder Clyde Allee award, Animal Behavior Society


Link to Publications page


  • Sex in the Natural World (EVE13; 3-credit lower-division course). Developed to teach evolution and the scientific method to non-majors. Every other year, starting 2016
  • Principles of Animal Communication (EVE107; 4-credit upper-division undergrad course). Developed to address a major area of animal behavior research; the course combines evolutionary theory, information theory, economic theory, physics and physiology to understand the spectacular forms of animal signals. Every other year starting 2005.
  • Introductory Biology (BIS2B; 4-credit undergrad course; co-taught in 2008 and 2010).
  • Foundations of Animal Behavior (ANB218a and 218b; 4-credit graduate core course). 14 hours of lectures yearly on Animal Communication and Sexual Selection.
  • Academic Professional Development (ANB290; 2-credit grad seminar; co-taught with Professors John Wingfield in 2009 and Tom Hahn in 2013).  Developed to help graduate students prepare for the job market and academic careers.  (Typically every other year in odd years:  2009, ’13, ’15, ‘17, ’19)
  • Animal Behavior Seminar Series (EVE198 and ANB290; 1-credit undergrad and grad seminar). Developed to increase undergrad and grad attendance at research seminars on campus; students from 10+ majors enroll in the course. 2005-2017.
CV Gail Patricelli, Feb 2024