"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" (T. Dobzhansky)
This lecture/discussion course covers the fundamentals of evolutionary biology through examination of its conceptual framework and current research topics. We will consider:
- evidence for evolution;
- phylogenetic reconstructions;
- history of the Earth and life;
- generalizations emerging from past evolution;
- cases of direct observations of evolution;
- the basics of population biology; variation within populations;
- mutation, selection, and other factors of microevolution;
- the basics of theory of microevolution;
- data on evolution of natural populations;
- speciation; and
- macroevolution of genomes, complex phenotypes, and populations and ecosystems.
Grade will be based on participation in discussions, term paper, two prelims, and a comprehensive final.
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