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Lecture 1 - Bio 124 - Evolution and Organismal Diversity...

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Bio 124 - Evolution and Organismal Diversity Instructors: Dr. Daniel Duran and Dr. Gail Hearn
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Instructor for first half of Bio 124: Dr. Daniel P. Duran (call me Dan or Dr. Duran or Prof. Duran – whichever you prefer) Office: Stratton 231 Phone: 215-895-6441 Email: danielpduran76@gmail.com Office hours: M,W 3:00PM – 4:00PM I am an evolutionary biologist and entomologist I study how new species form (‘speciation’) and how historical processes affect species distributions (‘phylogeography’)
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Goal of this course The present course surveys the major topics in evolutionary biology, introducing students to the fundamental mechanisms and patterns of evolution that help us to understand the incredible diversity of life
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Introduction to the course 1) Syllabus / course requirements 2) What is evolution and why is it interesting? 3) Four misconceptions 4) Why this course matters to me
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Textbook for Bio 124 Brooker, Widmaier, Graham, Stiling. Biology. 2nd edition. McGraw Hill.
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Part 1: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology Part 2: Overview of Species Diversity Introduction – what evolution is Evolution within species (genes within populations, natural selection, genetic drift) Formation of new species (‘speciation’ / macroevolution) Evolution of development History of life on earth Methods we use to infer the tree of life (systematics / phylogenetics) Prokaryotes (Archaea & Bacteria) “Protists” Fungi Plants Overview of Animal Diversity Noncoelomates Coelomate Invertebrates Vertebrates (Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals) Course structure and requirements
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Course structure and requirements Attendance in lecture, lab, and recitations – mandatory . - Your attendance in lab and recitation is required for both your own education and for the success of your group. - Any student arriving more than 15 mins late will lose ½ pt from the total lab/recitation grade. - Unexcused absence = 1 pt deduction from lab / recit. grade - Three unexcused absence = zero points for lab / recit. grade Cell phones off before coming to lecture, lab, recitation. Lab and recitation exercises each week “Diversity portfolio” – topic of interest on a group of organisms (we will elaborate later in the course)
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Course structure and requirements Exams are based on both lecture material and the textbook. Exams format will be multiple choice and short answer. Exams are given at a different time and place from the lecture.
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Grading Lecture exam 1 (Monday Jan 31) = 10% Lecture exam 2 (Monday Feb 14) = 20% Lecture exam 3 (Monday Feb 28) = 10% Final exam (to be announced) = 20% Recitation = 5% Laboratory Component = 35%
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Introduction to the course 1) Syllabus / course requirements 2) What is evolution and why is it interesting? 3) Four misconceptions 4) Why this course matters to me
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What is evolution?
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What is evolution?
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