Ratings for Ackerly, D D
Based on 7 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: I loved Plant Ecology with Professor Ackerly! I initially took this class on a whim because I needed a group 2 class for my IB major and this was the only one with spots left, but it was one of the most enjoyable classes I've taken at Cal. Professor Ackerly was extremely enthusiastic and patient, and presented the material in a way that was easy to understand, yet challenged us to apply the concepts to present day problems that real ecologists face in the field. GSIs were also really helpful. The exams and assignments are very fair: if you know your stuff, you'll do fine!
Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2014
Comment: If plant ecology isn't your thing, Professor Ackerly will convince you otherwise. He is very enthusiastic about his work and teaching which makes learning easy. Lectures were well structured and every class he'd give a handout of the lecture. Exams were straightforward but the grading was a little harsh. They look into the answers with detail so you can't BS them. Other than that discussion included reading a research paper every week and writing a one page (double-spaced) response.
Submitted Jan. 9th, 2014
Comment: This was a fun freshmen seminar! I would definitely recommend it. It was a unique opportunity to be outside, which was a nice change from the environment at Berkeley. Professor Ackerly is extremely knowledgable, helpful, and approachable.
Submitted July 29th, 2013
Comment: Probably the best class I've taken at Cal, material is very interesting and all of the exams and assignments are extremely fair. Ackerly is great at explaining the material in a clear and memorable way.
Submitted April 9th, 2013