ORGANISMIC AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
Dr. Joshua Kohn
1258 Muir Biology
Mondays, 3-4 pm (or by appointment)
email correspondence encouraged,
please put BILD 3 in the subject line
This course deals with the living world at the levels of whole organisms, populations,
communities, and ecosystems. It is designed to introduce students to the history and diversity of
life on earth, and the fields of evolution, systematics, ecology and behavior. A major focus of the
course will be on the evolutionary, ecological, and historical processes that have shaped life on
earth. Knowledge of these processes is essential for understanding biology in general, and
provides the tools for management of the earth’s biota into the future.
The recommended prerequisite for the course is Biology 1 or a good high
school course in biology.
The course assumes that you know Mendelian genetics, mitosis and
meiosis, and the basics of molecular biology — the transfer of genetic information from
DNA to RNA and then to proteins
. If you don’t have a command of these topics, you will be at
a disadvantage unless you do some extra reading in Units 1 and 3 of the text.
TuTh 9:30 to 10:50, Price Theater
: Biology (Eigth Edition), by Campbell and Reece, Benjamin-Cummings,
We will cover material from units Four, Five, Seven (Chapt. 51) and Eight of the text
: The class is overenrolled and you may be on the waiting list. I am told, but
cannot guarantee, that the first 50 or so people on the waiting list will eventually get in. If you
drop the class, please do so using WebReg right away so that somebody can take your place.
Enrolled and waitlisted students should have access to the course website at
/. What is on the web site? The slides for each class, arranged by lecture,
will be available by 10:00 pm the evening before each lecture. These files will be in black and
white .pdf format with three or six slides per page and can be printed out to help you follow the
lecture while you take notes on them or on another page. I cannot upload the powerpoint files
directly as they are too large. If you are having trouble downloading a file it is usually because it
is too large for your connection. Either wait it out or download when you are on campus with a
better connection, Before exams, sample questions will be posted on the website. Your grades
for quizzes and exams will all be posted on the website. Announcements related to the course
will be posted in the header of site homepage.
Check the site often for announcements and
! Finally, a discussion board that allows you to post questions and view answers is
available –the TAs will monitor the board daily, but if you want to ask Dr. Kohn a question (
) please do so by emailing him directly (
) with “BILD 3” in the
subject line of your email. Dr. Kohn will not monitor the discussion board on WebCT.