EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Section: 001 Statistical Phylogeography
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Intended for senior majors. The prerequisites will be set by the instructor as appropriate for each section.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores model-based approaches, and specifically the use of coalescent-based statistical phylogeographic methods, and their application in Evolutionary Biology/Ecology. With an emphasis on conceptual principles and generalizations, the primary goal of the course is to not only familiarize students with model-based statistical phylogeographic approaches, but also train students on how to generate hypotheses and translate them into models that can be tested with genomic data. The course will focus on phylogeographic applications in the research areas of biogeography, landscape genetics, comparative/community historical dynamics, adaptive evolution and speciation. Fundamental principles are discussed in relation to each topic and will include a review of active contemporary research and controversy.

Course Requirements:

Each week papers from the primary literature will be assigned for background reading and discussion. All students are expected to come to class prepared and to be active participants in all discussions.

Grades are based on a class project (80 points) as well as participation (20 points). Each working group will be comprised of 5-7 students and will meet with Dr. Knowles weekly.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

The class meets once a week for two hours, with an additional individual working group that will meet weekly for 1 hour with Dr. Knowles. Class periods will include both lecture and discussion.

EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
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001 (LEC)
F 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
004 (LEC)
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