Evolutionary Biology Spring 2015
Textbook: Futuyma, D.J. 2013. Evolution. 3rd ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc. (ISBN 978-1-60535-115-5)
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.
This website contains information for the lecture portion of the course only.
Please see HuskyCT for materials for the W portion of the course.
Problem Set 2 for Exam 2 is now available
Answer key for problem set 2.
This study guide provides some additional information about what to expect on exam 2. Use it to supplement your other course resources.
Exam 2 Review Session Tuesday March 3rd 7-9 PM BPB 130
Activity 12: Sharing game: what's good for the individual vs. what's good for the group. If you weren't able to play the sharing game, have a look to see what was learned!
Activity 11: Testing hypotheses of sexual selection. We began this in lecture. It is due at the beginning of class Thursday, Feb. 26. The additional data needed to complete the activity are here
Group game: the evolution of sharing. Come play! (This will count as activity 12).
All games will meet in TLS 313. There are 6 opportunities to play.
Activity 10: effects of dominant vs. recessive alleles. This is due online Tuesday, Feb. 24 by 9:15 am.
Activity 9 is the mean fitness table from Activity 8. Complete this table using the values from your Activity 8 simulations, and submit it at the beginning of class on Thursday, Feb. 19. Questions about Activity 9? Hopefully this will answer them!
Activity 8 is now available. This online activity simulating the effects of natural selection is due by Tuesday, February 17 at 9:15 am.
Problem Set 1 for Exam 1 is now available.
Answer key for problem set 1. Large file size: downloading may be slow.
Honors Conversion Students: More details on the different honors conversion options are now available here
Students interested in adding EEB2245W (or switching from EEB2245 to EEB2245W) should fill out this form and attend lecture. Those who are selected will be provided a permission number and asked to enroll within 24 hours. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to accommodate all students interested in the W version of this course.
SNOW DAY JAN 27TH: Make sure you check the updated syllabus and the new date for Exam 1
Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch
Office: PBB 305B
Office hours: 11-12 Tuesdays or by appointment
Dr. Chris Simon
Office: PBB 305D
Office hours: Anytime by appointment
Note: All emails must contain "EEB2245" in the subject line to avoid being filtered out and deleted
|James Bernot||Veronica Bueno||Geert Goemans|
|Office: TLS 478||Office: TLS 478||Office: PBB 323|
|Phone: 486-1882||Phone: 486-1882||Phone: 486-3947|
|Last names A-F||Last names G-N||Last names O-Z|
|Office hours: by appointment||Office hours: by appointment||Office hours: by appointment|
|Exam 1||50 points|
|Exam 2||100 points|
|Exam 3||50 points|
|Exam 4||100 points|
|Comprehensive Final Exam||70 points|
|Total Lecture Points||400 points|
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.
- Turn cell phones OFF and store them out of sight.
- Use laptops only for taking notes or other activity directly related to class.
- Recording is prohibited without the written permission of instructors.
This schedule is subject to change. Check regularly for updates!
|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
Activity 1, Evolutionary vs. non-evolutionary change
|Jan 22||Variation and the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium||pp 217-228|| Study Questions|
Activity 2, testing for HWE
|Jan 27||SNOW DAY - CLASS CANCELED|
|Jan 29||Mutation and non-random mating||pp 189-208, 229-35, 247-8|| Study Questions |
More about kuru and prions
|Feb 3||Sampling effects and migration||Ch 10|| Study Questions |
|Feb 5||Conservation applications of population genetics||--||Study Questions|
|Feb 10||EXAM 1 (50 pts) & Natural selection||Ch 11|
|Feb 12||Evidence for natural selection||Ch 11||Study Questions|
|Feb 17||Genetics of natural selection||Ch 12||Study Questions|
|Feb 19||Modes of natural selection||Ch 12 & 13||Study Questions|
|Feb 24||Sexual selection and female choice||Ch 15||Study Questions|
|Feb 26||Genetic conflict and levels of selection||Ch 16||Study Questions|
|Mar 3||Geographic variation and speciation||pp 483-491||Study Questions
Review Session tonight 7-9pm BPP 130
|Mar 5||EXAM 2 (100 pts, midterm covering all lectures)|
|Part II: Mar 10 - May 7, Dr. Chris Simon|
|Mar 10||Mechanisms of Speciation: Reproductive Isolation. (taught by Dr. Jockusch)||Ch 17 & 18||Study Questions|
|Mar 12||Species Concepts; Hybridization (taught by Dr. Wade)||Ch 17 & 18||Discussion Questions|
|Mar 17||SPRING BREAK|
|Mar 19||SPRING BREAK|
|Mar 24||Speciation Mechanisms. Spatial, temporal, chromosomal with and without hybridization||Ch 17, 18 & 531-533pp (ch 19)|| Discussion Questions |
|Mar 26|| Systematics, the study of biodiversity and its origins.
Problems in constructing relationships: polymorphisms and homoplasy.
|Ch 2 & 3|| Discussion Questions|
Lecture 16 part I
Lecture 16 part II
|Mar 26||Discussion Session 7-8pm BPB 131|| Discussion questions
Lectures 14, 15 & 16
|Mar 30||Discussion Session 8-9pm BPB 131|| Discussion questions
Lectures 14, 15 & 16
|Mar 31||Homoplasy (continued): convergence, parallelisms, and reversals in evolution.||Ch 2 & 3||Discussion Questions|
|Apr 2||Reconstructing evolutionary trees from morphological and molecular data.||Ch 2 & 3|| Discussion Questions|
Lecture 18 corrected
|Apr 2||Discussion Session 7-9pm BPB 131|| Discussion questions
Lectures 17 & 18 + Exam review
|Apr 7||Discussion Session 7-9pm BPB 131|| Discussion questions
Lectures 17, 18 & 19 + Exam review
|Apr 7|| Reconstructing evolutionary trees from morphological and molecular data.
How molecules evolve. Is there a molecular clock?
|Ch 2 & 3||Discussion Questions |
Lecture 19 revised
|Apr 9|| Molecular Clock (continued)
EXAM 3 (50 pts)
| Discussion Questions|
|Apr 9||Discussion Session CANCELLED|
|Apr 13||Discussion Session 8-9pm BPB 131|| Discussion questions
Lectures 19 & 20
|Apr 14||An overview of life||This is mostly review from intro-biology|| Discussion 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||Discussion Questions |
|Apr 16||Discussion Session 7-8pm BPB 131|| Discussion questions
Lectures 21 & 22
|Apr 20||Discussion Session 8-9pm BPB 130|| Discussion questions
Lectures 21 & 22
|Apr 21||Ch 4 & 5, 168-171, box 7A||discussion questions|
|Apr 23||Ch 4, 5 & 6||discussion questions|
|Apr 23||Discussion Session 7-8pm BPB 131|| Discussion questions
Lectures 23 & 24
|Apr 28||Ch 4, 5 & 6||discussion questions|
|Apr 30||Ch 4, 5 & 6||discussion questions|
|May 7||EXAM 4 (100 pts) & COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM (70 pts)|