Fall 2007

Evolutionary Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-32


Jill S. Miller (Section 01)


An introduction to the field of evolutionary biology. Lectures concern the evidence for evolution and the development of evolutionary theory. Emphasis is placed on microevolutionary mechanisms of change, large-scale macroevolutionary patterns, and major innovations in the history of life. Readings from the primary literature focus on experimental studies of evolution and will be followed by student presentations and discussion. Laboratories offer hands-on experience with evolutionary processes including characterization of genetic structure in natural populations, artificial selection, reproductive isolating mechanisms, and the evolution of resistance. Four hours of lecture per week and three hours laboratory work per week. Requisites: Biology 18 and 19. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 24 students. First semester. Professor Miller.