Syllabus Spring 2010 - 3/8-3/10 Life histories and the...

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Biol 402 Processes of Organic Evolution Spring 2010 Dr. Richard Beckwitt Office: HH518 Phone: 508-626-4791 e-mail: [email protected] Blackboard site: http://framingham.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp Textbook: Futuyma,D.J. 2009. Evolution, 2 nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA. Textbook webpage: http://www.sinauer.com/evolution/ Week Topics Readings 1/13 Introduction: What is evolution? Ch. 1 1/20 Classification and phylogeny (No class Monday) Ch. 2 1/25-1/27 Patterns of evolution and the fossil record Ch. 3-4 2/1-2/3 Biogeography and diversity Ch. 6-7 2/8-2/10 Genetic variation in populations Ch. 8-9 2/17 Genetic drift, First Hour Exam, 2/17 (No class Monday) Ch. 10 2/22-2/24 Natural selection Ch. 11-12 3/1-3/3 Phenotypic evolution and quantitative traits Ch. 13
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Unformatted text preview: 3/8-3/10 Life histories and the evolution of sex Ch. 14-15 3/15-3/17 (No class, Spring Break) 3/22-3/24 Conflict and cooperation Ch.16 3/29-3/31 What is a species, and does it matter? Second Hour Exam, 3/29 Ch. 17 4/5-4/7 Speciation Ch. 18 4/12-4/14 Coevolution Ch. 19 4/22 Genomic evolution and evo-devo (No class Monday) Ch. 20-21 4/26-4/28 Macroevolution and the big picture Ch. 22-23 5/6 Final Exam: 1:00 pm Course Requirements: Hour exams --50 points each, Final exam -- 100 points Abstracts (10 points each, 5 total): Due 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5 Exercises (taken from the Futuyma website: http://www.sinauer.com/evolution/ ) Four total (25 points each), two data analysis and two simulations. Due 4/22....
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