Ecological Genetics |
Entom 4700 / BioEE 4800
Lecture Tue and Thur 10:10-11:25. Discussion Wed 10:10-11:00, with a second section TBA.
Offered Odd-Year Spring Semesters
This course focuses on the application of population genetic concepts in ecological or applied contexts. Emphasis is placed on measuring adaptation in natural populations, detecting the effects of population demography, and determining the genetic basis of quantitative traits. Examples are drawn from primary research on animals and plants to illustrate experimental techniques and methods of data analysis on single-gene, multi-locus and genome-wide scales. Enrollment is typically 15-20 students and is a mix of junior and senior undergraduates as well as first- and second-year graduate students.
Prerequisite BioEE 2780 or permission of instructor. Familiarity with genetics and basic statistics is recommended. Satisfies undergraduate major requirements in Entomology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Course flyer (pdf)
Course overview, syllabus, learning objectives, and discussion section readings from Spring 2013.
Student evaluations of previous Ecological Genetics offerings (pdf format; course not offered in 2015)
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Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity (Team-taught course)|
4 or 5 credits; 5-credit option involves writing component and two discussion sections per week.
Offered every semester
Considers explanations for pattern of diversity and the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the diversity of life, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, origin of humans. Students taking the 5-credit option read additional materials from the primary literature and write a series of essays in place of the regular prelims.