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EEB 2245
Evolutionary Biology
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 in TLS154
Textbook: Futuyma, D.J. 2013. Evolution. 3rd ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc. (ISBN 978-1-60535-115-5)

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This website contains information for the lecture portion of the course only. For the W portion of the course, click here



First half of the course, 20 January - 5 March
Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch
Office: BPP 305B
Phone: 486-4452
Office hours: 11-12 Tuesdays or by appointment

Second half of the course, 10 March - 7 May
Dr. Chris Simon
Office: BPP 305D
Phone: 486-4640
Office hours: Anytime by appointment

Teaching Assistants

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James Bernot
Office: TLS 478
Phone: 486-1882
Last names A-F
Office hours: By arrangement

Veronica Bueno
Office: TLS 478
Phone: 486-1882
Last names G-N
Office hours: By arrangement

Geert Goemans
Office: BPP 323
Phone: 486-3947
Last names O-Z
Office hours: By arrangement


EEB 2245 Grading: Activities (30 pts); Exam 1 (50 pts); Exam 2 (100 pts); Exam 3 (50 pts); Exam 4 (100 pts); Final Exam (70 pts). Exam 4 will be given on the same day as the comprehensive final.

EEB 2245W Grading: Your 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.

Course Policies

Lecture Expectations:

  • 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.

Activities: During the first half of the semester, there will be opportunities to earn points from a mixture of in-class and out-of-class activities. Each will be worth 3 points. A minimum of 13 opportunities will be available and the best 10 will count towards the final grade. Out-of-class activities must be submitted by the specified deadline for credit. No late assignments will be accepted. In-class activities must be submitted during the class period in which they take place. No make-ups will be given.

Missed exams: Any student who misses an exam without advance permission will receive a 0 for the assessment. Permission to miss an exam requires, but is not guaranteed by, verifiable written documentation of the reason. A student who receives permission to miss an exam will have his or her grade for the missed work prorated based on his or her performance on the remainder of the exams. We will not give make-ups. Every student must take the final exam (and exam 4) during the scheduled final exam period unless permission to reschedule is obtained through the Dean of Students Office

Academic integrity: 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

Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, you should contact a course instructor and the [www.csd.uconn.edu Center for Students with Disabilities] (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 201) within the first two weeks of the semester.

Class objectives: 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.

Lecture Syllabus

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

Date Topic Readings Study Questions / Problem Sets
Part I: Jan 20 - Mar 6, Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch
Jan 20 Class organization; Introduction to the study of evolutionary biology Ch 1 study questions
Jan 22 Variation and the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium pp 217-228 study questions
Jan 27 Mutation and sampling effects Ch 8, pp 257-267 study questions
Jan 29 Migration and non-random mating pp 229-233; 245-249 study questions
Feb 3 Conservation applications of population genetics -- problem set 1
Feb 5 EXAM 1 (50 pts) & Natural selection Ch 11 study questions
Feb 10 Evidence for natural selection Ch 11 study questions
Feb 12 Genetics of natural selection Ch 12 study questions
Feb 17 Modes of natural selection Ch 12 & 13 study questions
Feb 19 Sexual selection and female choice Ch 15 study questions
Feb 24 Genetic conflict and levels of selection Ch 16 study questions
Feb 26 Geographic variation and speciation pp 483-491 study questions
Mar 3 Mechanisms of speciation pp 483- 491 problem set 2
Mar 5 EXAM 2 (100 pts)
Part II: Mar 10 - May 7, Dr. Chris Simon
Mar 10 Speciation mechanisms (continued) Ch 17 & 18 study questions
Mar 12 Hybridization, reproductive character displacement, and speciation Ch 17 & 18 study questions
Mar 24 Systematics, the study of biodiversity and its origins.
Problems in constructing relationships: polymorphisms and homoplasy.
Tree thinking.
Ch 2 & 3 study questions
Mar 26 Homoplasy (continued): convergence, parallelisms, and reversals in evolution. Ch 2 & 3 study questions
Mar 31 Reconstructing evolutionary trees from morphological and molecular data.
How molecules evolve.
Ch 2 & 3 study questions
Apr 2 The tempo of molecular evolution; is there a molecular clock? Ch 2 & 3 problem set 3
Apr 7 A review of the tree of life and the major innovations in animal evolution.
EXAM 3 (50 pts)
Apr 9 Overview of life continued. The origin of evolutionary novelties: Body plans, constraints; pre-adaptation, modification of existing traits:
gene duplication, gene regulation.
Ch 21 & 22 study questions
Apr 14 Evolutionary novelties (continued) Homeobox genes, Master control genes. Flies with eyes on their wings. Ontogeny and phylogeny, Allometry. Ch 21 & 22 study questions
Apr 16 Introduction and overview of the fossil record. The origin of life.
The RNA world. Prokaryote world. The origin of animals; the Ediacaran Fauna. Mass extinctions.
Ch 4 & 5, pp 168-171, Box 7A study questions
Apr 21 The Paleozoic: Cambrian explosion (or was it?). The origin of vertebrates and the invasion of land. Ordovician (the age of jawless vertebrates), Silurian (first life on land), Devonian (the age of fishes). Carboniferous (Dragonflies w/ 2 ft. wing span, clubmoss forests); Permian. The origin of mammals. The Permo-Triassic boundary mass extinction. Ch 4 & 5, 168-171, box 7A study questions
Apr 23 The Mesozoic: The age of reptiles. Pangea breaks up followed by Laurasia and Gondwanaland. The evolution of birds from dinosaurs, insects and angiosperms radiate. The K-T Boundary. The extinction of the dinosaurs. Birds and mammals cross the boundary. Ch 4, 5 & 6 study questions
Apr 28 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 30 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 problem set 4
May 7 EXAM 4 (100 pts) & COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM (70 pts)