Updated 23 October 2001.

We changed the order of the remaining topics and have cancelled lab for this friday (10/26)

 

Date
 

Topic

Reading

Lab

Work due
Aug. 28

1
What is evolution? Chapter 1    
Aug.30/31

2
Phylogenetic reasoning

Chapter 2

Chapter 13

Cladistics lab

Natural History essay assigned (25pts)

 
Sep. 4

3
Evol. by natural selection Chapter 3    
Sep. 6/7

4
Testing the syllogism: 1 Chapter 7.3

Quantitative Genetics

Experimental evolution: anti-biotic resistance

 
Sep. 11

5
Testing the syllogism: 2  

1st essay
Sep. 13/14

6
Population genetics Chapter 5 Population Genetics  
Sep. 18

7
Life-history evolution Chapter 11    
Sep. 20/21

8
Evolution of virulence Chap. 19.2, 19.3

Field exercise 1 (transects, collect soldier beetles)

2nd essay assigned (25pts)

 
Sep. 25

9
Frequency-dependent selection      
Sep. 27/28

10
Evolution of mimicry   Freq.-Dep. Selection  
Oct. 2

11
Sex ratio evolution    
Oct. 4/5

12
Evolution of plasticity  

How to propose experiments

Review for exam

 
Oct. 9

13
First Exam (100 pts)      
Oct. 11/12

14
Cambrian Explosion (Ruf) Chapter 15

Fossil Lab

Discussion of 1st exam

 
Oct. 13  

Field Exercise 2: Saturday Field Trip to Brookville
Oct. 16

15
Sex ratio evolution Chapter 7.1  
Oct. 18/19

16
Evol. of sex & gender 1 Chapter 7.2

Field exercise 3: Crinoid Communities

 
Oct. 23

17
Evol. of sex & gender 1  3rd essay assigned (25pts)  2nd essay
Oct. 25/26

18
Sexual selection 1 Chapter 9 NO LAB!  
Oct. 30

19
Sexual selection 2 Chapter 10    
Nov. 1/2

20
Speciation 1 Chapter 12 Tit-for-tat  
Nov. 6

21
Speciation 2 Chapter 12  

3rd essay
Nov. 8/9

22
Shifting Balance Templeton article

Plant evolution 1

Final paper assigned (75pts)

 
Nov. 13

23
Macroevolutionary patterns (Speciation and Extinction)      
Nov. 15/16

24
Second Exam (100 pts)   Plant evolution 2  
Nov. 20

25
Evolution of cooperation 1 Chapter 10    
Nov. 22/23   Thanksgiving Break   Thanksgiving Break  
Nov. 27

26
Evolution of cooperation 2 Chapter 10    
Nov. 29/30

27
Human evolution (Ruf) Chapter 16 Human evolution  
Dec. 4

28
Biogeography (Ruf)      
Dec. 6/7

29
Student presentations   Student presentations

Final

Paper
Dec. 11

Final examination: 8:00 AM to 10:00AM (100 pts)