Biology | Evolution and Diversity
L111 | 0533-0534 | Wade, M
Course Format: Lecture: 9:05A-9:55A, MWF, JH 124. One fifty-minute
discussion per week.
Prerequisites: For biological and other science majors.
Course Description: In this course, students will study the
interaction of genetical, ecological, and evolutionary processes and
learn how these processes interact to create and sustain bio-diversity
and adaptation. Each of the five fundamental evolutionary processes
(natural selection, random genetic drift, mutation, migration, and
meiotic drive) leaves a unique signature on the genetic variation of
every species. However, because they all operate simultaneously, it
can be difficult to understand the unique role of each process in
creating patterns in nature. Special topics will include: (1) sexual
selection and the evolution of mating systems; (2) the evolution of
sex and the paradox of sexual reproduction; (3) the evolution of
social behaviors; and, (4) the co-evolution of hosts and pathogens.
The overall goal is for the student to develop the ability to think
critically and quantitatively about patterns in nature and to apply
evolutionary and ecological principles to understand those patterns.
Required Text: TBA
Weekly Assignments: Forty-sixty pages of text and outside readings and
one problem set.
Exams/Papers: Four in-class written exams.