Spring 2010

Evolutionary Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-32


Jill S. Miller (Section 01)


Evolution is a powerful and central theme that unifies the life sciences. In this course, emphasis is placed on microevolutionary mechanisms of change, and their connection to large-scale macroevolutionary patterns and diversity. Through lectures and readings from the primary literature, we will study genetic drift and gene flow, natural selection and adaptation, molecular evolution, speciation, the evolution of sex and sexual selection, life history evolution, and inference and interpretation of evolutionary relationships. The laboratory investigates evolutionary processes using computer simulations, artificial selection experiments, and a semester-long project that characterizes phenotypic breeding relationships among individuals and integrates these results with analyses of molecular sequence variation for genes contributing to mating recognition. Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory work each week.

Requisite: Biology 18; Biology 19 recommended. Limited to 24 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Miller.


Lab Science Course


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019