BIOB 420-01 & 420-02, Evolution - Spring Semester, 2013 - the link to this website is posted in the Desire2Learn system.
Instructor (2nd half of the Spring semester): Matt Lavin, 308 & 339 Plant Bioscience Building, or 408 Lewis Hall - best way to communicate is by email
Office phone: 994-2032 (for leaving a message).
Lecture section 01: 105 Reid Hall on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00-9:50AM
Lecture section 02: 304 Lewis Hall on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:10-2:00 PM
Office Hours. Mondays 10 AM - 12:30 PM in 339 Plant Bioscience Building or by appointment.
Text: none. Some examples will be derived from Evolutionary Analysis, 4th ed., by Scott Freeman & Jon C. Herron (Prentice Hall), a copy of which will be placed on reserve in Renne Library.
Learning outcomes. Students will be able to: 1) use basic methods of inferring the history of biological evolution, including the reconstruction phylogenetic relationships from genetic and morphological data using distance and cladistics methods on data sets that are simplified for ease of hand-calculation; 2) using these methods, answer questions that are related to population management, forensics, epidemiology, and adaptation; 3) analyze allele frequency data on population samples in order to study recent historical events; 4) analyze nucleotide sequence, DNA structural, and morphological data on individual samples in order to study older historical events; 5) describe why merely accepting the truth of evolutionary theory is not so much the issue as is valuing the principles of reasoning and educated discourse that now make belief in evolution obligatory (quoting Sam Harris). This course will not focus on biochemical theories that address the ultimate origins of life. If interested, a good starting point includes chapters 17 and 18 in Evolutionary Analysis, 4th edition.
SCHEDULE OF LECTURES: section 01 and 02 are identical. Problem sets and notes will be finalized the evening before the date listed.
11-15 March - Spring Break
18 March - introduction - the scientific study of history and neutral genetic variation
20 March – introduction continued
26 March - recent population divergence - Redfish Lake sockeye (continued)
29 March - University Day (no classes)
5 April - review
10 April -the scientific study of history (review)
15 April - mutation, drift, and substitution: phylogenetic distance methods
17 April - mutation and drift in a colonizing versus late-successional species
19 April - mutation and drift, introduction to cladistics
24 April - monophyly and phylogenetic species concept
Wednesday 1 May - Exam #4, bring a calculator and pencils, section 02 at 8:00-9:50 AM in 304 Lewis Hall
Thursday 2 May - Exam #4, bring a calculator and pencils, section 01 at 4:00-5:50 PM in 105 Reid Hall
GRADES will be derived from four exams (two from the 1st half and two from the 2nd half of the course). The dates of the last two exams in this final half of the course are given above. Each of the four exams will count one fourth of your grade. The exams will involve mostly problem solving questions. See the above links to exams from 2012).
Web sites from which examples, data, and tools for analysis are utilized: