ANTHRBIO 468 - Evolutionary Endocrinology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
PSYCH 335, PSYCH 337, or EEB 492.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Welcome to Evolutionary Endocrinology!

In this course, we will examine the ways in which animals evolve physiological adaptations to the environment in which they live. Hormones coordinate the (co)expression of genes and phenotypes in response to both intrinsic and extrinsic cues. Hormones circulate systemically, signal diverse tissues, and regulate nearly all aspects of the phenotype, including behavior, morphology, physiology, and life history. Moreover, hormonal phenotypes are both heritable and subject to natural selection. Yet, despite their many key roles in mediating evolutionary phenomena, hormones have rarely been integrated into explicit evolutionary models and analyses. Using literature that spans across vertebrate taxa from reptiles to birds to mammals, we will focus on exciting new ideas about the evolutionary significance of hormones in shaping life-history evolution, facilitating or constraining adaptation, and mediating non-genetic inheritance and maternal effects. The objectives of this class are (1) to provide an overview to some of the exciting research areas in Evolutionary Endocrinology, and (2) to help bring advanced undergraduates up to graduate level in their reading, understanding, and writing about hormone-related topics. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and clear and concise writing.

ANTHRBIO 468 - Evolutionary Endocrinology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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