Evolutionary Biology Spring 2011
The objectives of this course are to familiarize students with the mechanisms of evolutionary change (processes of evolution), major patterns of evolution, and the history of the diversity of life.
|Lectures:||Tu,Th 9:30-10:45, Biological Sciences/Physics 130|
|Emergency closing information|
|Textbook:||Futuyma, D. J. 2009. Evolution, 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA|
|(can be purchased at discount as an e-book or in loose leaf sections)|
|Quiz 1||50 points (12.5%)|
|Exam 1||100 points (25%)|
|Quiz 2||50 points (12.5%)|
|Exam 2||100 points (25%)|
|Comprehensive Final Exam||100 points (25%)|
EEB 2245: Your final grade of the course will be calculated as above. The second exam will be given on the same day as the comprehensive final.
EEB 2245W: Your final grade in the lecture portion of the course will be calculated as above. This grade will constitute 75% of your final course grade. Your grade in the W part of the course, as determined by your “W” instructor, will constitute the remaining 25% of your final course grade, except that an F in the W part of the course will result in an F for the entire course. An F in the lecture part of the course will also result in an F for the entire course. Refer to the 2245W handout and EEB 2245W web site for further information. Dr. Kent Holsinger is the coordinator of the W part of the course.
- Arrive on time and stay until the end. If you must come late or leave early, sit by the back door.
- Turn cell phones OFF and store them out of sight.
- Use laptops only for taking notes or other activity directly related to class.
Any student who misses a quiz or exam without advance permission will receive a 0 for the assessment. Permission to miss a quiz or exam requires, but is not guaranteed by, verifiable written documentation of the reason. A student who receives permission to miss a quiz or exam will have his or her grade for the missed work prorated based on his or her performance on the remainder of the assessments. We will not give make-ups. Every student must take the final exam (and second exam) during the scheduled final exam period unless permission to reschedule is obtained through the Office of Student Services and Advocacy.
Plagiarism and cheating are violations of the student conduct code, and may be punished by failure in the course or, in severe cases, dismissal from the University. For more information, see Appendix A of the Student Conduct Code.
If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, you should contact a course instructor and the Center for Students with Disabilities (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 201) within the first two weeks of the semester.
Lecture Schedule & Materials
|Date||Topic||Readings||Problem Sets/ Study Questions||Lecture PDFs|
|Part I: Jan 18 - Mar 3, Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch|
|Jan 18||Snow Day- Class canceled||---------||
|Jan 20||Class Organization, Introduction to the study of evolutionary biology||Ch 1||Study Questions|
|Jan 25||Variation and the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium||pp 215-225||Study Questions
Hardy-Weinberg Problem Answer Key
|Jan 27||Snow Day- Class canceled||---------|| Problem Set 1|
Problem Set 1 Answer Key (Revised)
|Feb 1||Snow Day- Class canceled||---------|| |
|Feb 3||Mutation and Genetic Drift||Ch 8, pp 255-266||Study Questions|
Simulate Genetic Drift Suggestion: explore different starting allele frequencies
|Feb 3||Study Group 1-4pm TLS 311|
|Feb 4||Study Group 1:30-4pm TLS 313|| Problem Set 2 |
Problem Set 2 Answer Key
|Feb 8||Migration||pp 244-246||Study Questions|
|Feb 8||Review for Quiz 1-4pm TLS 313 and 7:30-10:30pm PBP 130|
|Feb 10||Non-random mating & Quiz 1||pp 225-229|| Quiz 1 Answer Key|
|Feb 15||Natural selection||Ch 11||Study Questions|
|Feb 17||Genetics of natural selection||Ch 12||Simulate Selection |
|Feb 22||Modes of natural selection||Ch 12 & 13||Study Questions|
|Feb 24||Heritability, Sexual selection||pp. 237-241, Ch 13 & 15||Study Questions|
|Feb 24||Study Group 1:30-3:30pm TLS 311|
|Feb 25||Study Group 1:30-3:30pm TLS 313||Problem Set 3|
|Mar 1||Sexual selection; geographic variation and speciation||Ch 15, pp 241-251||Study Questions|
|Mar 1||Study Group 1:30-3:30pm TLS 313 and 7:30-9:30pm BPB 130||Problem Set 3 Answer Key|
|Mar 3||EXAM 1 covers all material from the first half of the course||---------||Exam 1 Answer Key|
|Part II: Mar 15 - May 5, Dr. Chris Simon|
|Mar 15||Geographic variation, continued. Factors that inhibit gene flow- pre- and post mating isolation, natural selection at the molecular level.||Ch 17 & 18||Study Questions||Lecture 11 PDF|
|Mar 17||Species concepts in space and time. The origin of biodiversity.||Ch 17 & 18||Study Questions||Lecture 12 PDF|
|Mar 22||Speciation mechanisms, Hybridization, reproductive character displacement, and speciation.||Ch 17 & 18||Study Questions||Lecture 13 PDF|
|Mar 24||Systematics, the study of biodiversity and its origins. Problems in constructing relationships: polymorphisms and homoplasy.||Ch 2 &3||Study Questions||Lecture 14 & 15 PDF|
|Mar 29||Homoplasy (continued): convergence, parallelisms, and reversals in evolution. Tree thinking.||Ch 2 & 3||Constructing Trees Handout
|Mar 31||Reconstructing evolutionary trees from morphological and molecular data.||Ch 2 & 3||Problem Set 4
|Lecture 16 PDF|
|Apr 5||The tempo of molecular evolution; is there a molecular clock?||Ch 2||Problem Set 4 Answer Key
|Lect 17 & 18 PDF
|Apr 7||A review of the tree of life and the major innovations in animal evolution. & Quiz 2||Review intro bio||Study Questions|
|Apr 12||The origin of evolutionary novelties: Body plans, constraints; pre-adaptation, modification of existing traits: gene duplication, gene regulation.||Ch 21 & 22||Study Questions||Lecture 19 PDF|
|Apr 14||Evolutionary novelties (continued) Homeobox genes, Master control genes. Flies with eyes on their wings. Ontogeny and phylogeny, Allometry.||Ch 21 & 22|| Quiz 2 Answer Key
|Apr 19||Overview of the fossil record. Paleozoic: Cambrian explosion? Origin of vertebrates, invasion of land. Ordovician (age of jawless vertebrates), Silurian (first life on land), Devonian (age of fishes). Carboniferous (clubmoss forests); Permian. Origin of mammals. The Permo-Triassic boundary mass extinction||Ch 4 & 5 (plus 168-171 and Box 7A)||Study Questions||Lecture 21 Part 1 PDF |
Lecture 21 Part 2 PDF
|Apr 21||Mesozoic: The age of reptiles. Pangea, Laurasia & Gondwanaland. Origin of birds; insects and angiosperms radiate. K-T Boundary: extinction of the dinosaurs. Birds and mammals cross the boundary||Ch 4 & 5 & 6||Study Questions||Lecture 22 PDF|
|Apr 26||The Cenozoic: Greenhouse to Icehouse. Continental drift, land bridges, mountain building. Modern biogeographic distributions take shape. The great American interchange. Primate evolution.||Ch 4, 5 & 6||Study Questions||
|Apr 28||Human evolution; Mitochondrial Eve and her relatives. Africa, our most diverse continent. Humans invade Asia and the Pacific and later North America. Biogeography and Biodiversity||Ch 4, 5 & 6||Study Questions||Lecture 24 PDF|
|May 5||EXAM 2 and COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM (8 am)||---------|