Brashares, J S on Ninja Courses

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ESPM 114 (Spring 2015)

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100 75 78 100 100

Comment: Brashares is very engaging and funny. His exams are fair if you take the time to review all of the course material, particularly the graphs, and the weekly quizzes are a piece of cake if you just set aside 10-15 minutes to read or skim the articles. The problem sets and field project were a little long and required some critical thinking, but they are very manageable and teach you invaluable skills like basic GIS. He also offers several extra credit opportunities and section activities were the most engaging I've had at Cal. Definitely consider this course if you are interested in animals and ecology, but don't expect an easy A.

ESPM 114 (Spring 2013)

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98 90 96 100 100

Comment: Clear presentations, good humor, interesting material, and he actually cares. Lectures are all webcasted but he makes you WANT to attend lectures anyway. Exams were easy as long as you understood his slides. Quizzes in discussions were very easy. Awesome class, awesome prof. I learned so much. If you have any trace of interest in ecology, animals, bio, the environment, the earth, TAKE THIS CLASS.

ESPM 114 (Spring 2013)

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67 37 23 73 94

Comment: Brashares is very nice and enthusiastic. However, his lectures are pretty slow-paced and don't cover much material. He's a very harsh grader even though his exams don't cover difficult material, so you'll probably leave exams with a lower grade than you think you deserve. Problem sets weren't very exciting and suffer the same grading problem as the exams. Doing the field project, however, was fun and useful.

ESPM 114 (Spring 2011)

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98 83 71 86 100

Comment: Lectures were interesting, and each one started with a video relating to the lecture's material. Prof. Brashares was interesting to listen to, and his jokes made coming to lecture worthwhile. The tests were specific and looked for a fair amount of detail, which didn't seem to correspond with how laid back lecture was, even though all the material was mentioned at some point in time. There were three major assignments, none of which were difficult, and short quizzes in section each week.

ESPM 114 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
97 72 95 96 90

Comment: Brashares was my first ESPM upper div professor, and he was just dope. He was very enthusiastic, funny (in a dorky way), and taught many basic, yet interesting concepts. The exams were surprisingly easy, as long as you studied his lecture notes. The GSIs were all very friendly and helpful. Did I mention discussion was actually FUN? I didn't believe that could happen in Berkeley.

ESPM 114 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 63 90 75 94

Comment: Great lecturer and very entertaining. Material is not difficult, just go over the slides and you'll do fine on his exams. Exams are non-cumulative and the final is the 3rd midterm. Awesome class.

ESPM 114 (Spring 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Super funny and teaches with a LOT of enthusiasm; my favorite science class at Cal so far

ESPM 114 (Spring 2009)

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100 71 91 95 100

Comment: Shows videos at the beginning of class :) Overall, pretty easy and fun class.

ESPM 201A (Fall 2012)

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89 95 93 97 95