Evolutionary Biology Spring 2013

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EEB 2245
Evolutionary Biology
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 in TLS154
Textbook: Futuyma, D.J. 2009. Evolution. 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc. (ISBN 978-0-87893-223-8)


First half of the course, 22 January - 7 March
Dr. Charles Henry
Office: TLS 479/481
Phone: 486-4450
E-mail: charles.henry@uconn.edu
Office hours: By arrangement

Second half of the course, 12 March - 2 May
Dr. Chris Simon
Office: BioPharm 305D
Phone: 486-4640
Email: chris.simon@uconn.edu
Office hours: By arrangement

Teaching Assistants

Geert Goemans
Office: BioPharm 323
Phone: 486-3947
Email: geert.goemans@uconn.edu
Students A-K
Office hours: By arrangement

Brigette Zacharczenko
Office: TLS 471
Phone: 486-5503
Email: brigette.zacharczenko@uconn.edu
Students L-Z
Office hours: By arrangement


EEB 2245: Your grade will be based on your performance in 4 lecture exams and a 1-hour final exam (cumulative). Your lowest score on the 4 lecture exams will be dropped. Your 3 remaining scores and your score on the final exam will each constitute one quarter of your final grade. University regulations require that students who miss the final exam without an excuse from the Dean of Students receive an F for that exam. Thus, you are required to take the final exam.

Note: because you are allowed to drop your lowest score, we will not give make-up exams.

EEB 2245W: Your final grade in the lecture portion of the course will be calculated as above. If you are taking the W version of the course, that 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 website for further information. Dr. Kristina Hurme (TLS 379A; tel: 486-5434; kristiina.hurme@uconn.edu) is the coordinator of the W part of the course.

Course Resources

In regards to studying for Exam 2:
1) A phylogenetic tree practice set will be available by Friday afternoon (24th of February). SEE ABOVE

2) Remember to look at the examples and figures in your textbook (Chapter 2) to help with your understanding of phylogenetic trees.

3) Keys of Practice Exam 2 will be posted outside your TA's office sometime on Monday. If you want to check your answers against the key, please do so before Wednesday night!! The BioPharmacy building's hallways lock up from 6PM - 7:30AM, so you will not have access to the exam keys between these times!

4) See below for the time and locations of the Exam 2 review sessions.

Review Sessions

Updated 18 March 2012 -- There will be two review sessions for the third exam on Thursday, April 5th. They will be:

Monday, April 2nd, 6-8PM in BioPhysics Building Rm 131
Tuesday, April 3rd, 6-8PM in BioPhysics Building Rm 131.

Review sessions are structured to answer any questions you might have encountered while studying or going over the example exam. Please come to the review session with specific questions. If you can not attend either review session but have questions pertaining to the course material prior to the exam please contact your assigned TA to set up a time to meet.

Evolution in the News

Peppered moths vindicated! - 28 February 2012
Darwin's long-lost fossils - 17 January 2012

NEW Visiting Evolutionary Biologists and Friends

Our guests this semester

Lecture Syllabus

Please read assigned chapters, as indicated below, prior to class

Day Date Topic Text Readings
Part I Jan 17 - Mar 1 Patterns of Evolution Dr. Janine Caira
1 T Jan 17 Introduction to the Geological Time Scale; the Fossil Record Ch. 4 (pgs 73-77)
2 Th Jan 19 Life in the Precambrian; Evolution of the Metazoa Ch. 5 (pgs 101-108)
3 T Jan 24 Cambrian explosion & Life in the Paleozoic Ch. 5 (pgs 108-115)
4 Th Jan 26 Life in the Mesozoic Ch. 5 (pgs 115-121)
5 T Jan 31 Life in the Cenozoic Ch. 5 (pgs 121-131)
6 Th Feb 2 Evolution of primates Ch. 4 (pgs 88-91) &
Ch. 6 (pgs 147-150)
M Feb 6 Review Session for Exam 1
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
7 T Feb 7 Evolution of biodiversity & extinction Ch. 7
T Feb 7 Review Session for Exam 1
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
8 Th Feb 9 EXAM #1
Pdficon small.gif Example of Exam 1 (from 2010)

Pdficon small.gif Final Study Guide for Exam 1
Covers Lectures 1-6
9 T Feb 14 Characters, homology & homoplasy Ch. 3
10 Th Feb 16 Systematics & reconstructing evolutionary history Ch. 2
11 T Feb 21 Systematics & reconstructing evolutionary history (cont'd) Ch. 2
12 Th Feb 23 Biogeography & major patterns of distribution Ch. 6
M Feb 27 Review Session for Exam 2
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
13 T Feb 28 Continental drift & historical biogeography Ch. 6
T Feb 28 Review Session for Exam 2
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
Part II Mar 6 - Apr 26 Processes of Evolution Dr. Charles Henry
14 Th Mar 1 EXAM #2
Pdficon small.gif Example of Exam 2 (from 2010)
Pdficon small.gifFINAL Study Guide for Exam 2

Pdficon small.gif Tree Exercises for Exam 2 (with answers)
Covers Lectures 7 & 9-13
15 T Mar 6 Populations, variation, & the Hardy-Weinberg principle
Pdficon small.gif Populations, Variation, and H-W Lecture
Ch. 1 (pp 7-11) & Ch. 9
16 Th Mar 8 Microevolution and the origin of variation: mutation & gene flow
Pdficon small.gif Mutation and Gene Flow (Migration) Lecture
Ch. 8
T Mar 13 SPRING BREAK - no class
Th Mar 15 SPRING BREAK - no class
17 T Mar 20 Agents of evolutionary change: migration and genetic drift
Pdficon small.gif Migration (concl.) & Genetic Drift Lecture
Ch. 9 & 10
18 Th Mar 22 Charles Darwin and natural selection
Pdficon small.gif Darwin & Natural Selection Lecture, Part 1
Ch. 1 & 11
19 T Mar 27 Natural selection and phenotypic evolution
Pdficon small.gif Natural Selection Lecture, Part 2
Ch. 12 & 13
20 Th Mar 29 Adaptation; introduction to life-history evolution
Pdficon small.gif Adaptation & Life History Lecture, Part 1
Ch. 11, 14, & 22
M Apr 2 Review Session for Exam 3
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
21 T Apr 3 Life history evolution
Pdficon small.gif Life History Evolution, Part 2
Ch. 14
T Apr 3 Review Session for Exam 3
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
22 Th Apr 5 EXAM #3
You may bring a calculator (NO iphone/smartphone)
Pdficon small.gif FINAL Study Guide for Exam 3 (first 7 lectures)
Covers Lectures 15-21
23 T Apr 10 Sexual selection
Pdficon small.gif Sexual Selection Lecture
Ch. 15
24 Th Apr 12 Levels of selection; cooperation & altruism
Pdficon small.gif Multi-level Selection Lecture
Ch. 11 & 16
25 T Apr 17 Macroevolution: species and species concepts
Pdficon small.gif Species and Species Concepts Lecture
Ch. 17 & 18
26 Th Apr 19 Ecotypes, clines, and allopatric speciation
Pdficon small.gif Lecture on Speciation, Part 1
Ch. 17 & 18
27 T Apr 24 Allopatric & non-allopatric speciation
Pdficon small.gif Lecture on Speciation, Part 2
Ch. 18
28 Th Apr 26 The mystery of sexual reproduction; coevolution
Pdficon small.gif Sexual Reproduction and Coevolution Lecture
Ch. 15 & 19
M Apr 30 Review Session for Final Exam
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
T May 1 Review Session for Final Exam
6-8 PM
BioPhysics Building Rm 131
29 Th May 3, 8 AM - 10AM
NO calculators, NO iphone/smartphone
:Pdficon small.gif FINAL Study Guide for Exam 4 (last 6 lectures)
Covers Lectures 23-28