Course description

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.

Outcome 1: Understand the underlying causal principles of evolutionary diversification.

Outcome 2: Apply these principles to understand historical and contemporary evolutionary scenarios.

Outcome 3: Identify ~100 core taxa in the tree of life, their characteristics, and understand the relationships among them.

Outcome 4: Use basic conceptual and analytical tools to describe complex relationships within the tree of life.

Outcome 5: Become familiar with a number of experimental and synthetic approaches to analyzing and discovering evolutionary processes (microevolution) and establishing evolutionary patterns (macroevolution).

Outcome 6: Write and discuss knowledgeably about the dimensions of evolutionary issues that require decisions in our society.

Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will not receive credit for both BIOEE 1780 and BIOEE 1781. Biological sciences majors must take course for a letter grade.

Summer 2024: Online course

Abby Drake
Abby Drake
Senior Lecturer of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology