Spring 2023

Evolutionary Ecology Lab

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-275H

Moodle site: Course


Thea V. Kristensen (Section 01)
Jill S. Miller (Section 01)


This laboratory explores how underlying evolutionary changes in the morphology, physiology or behavior of organisms is associated with ecological interactions within or between species.  By employing artificial selection, students will determine whether genetic variation associated with herbivore defense exists.  This experiment will be coupled with ecological investigations to explore the potential of herbivory to drive evolutionary change.  Further, using the model system Daphnia, students will have the opportunity to engage in a self-directed, in-depth investigation of selection on morphological and life history traits across varying environmental conditions.  Throughout the course, students will engage with the scientific literature, and develop their skills in identifying relevant and important questions, experimental design and hypothesis formulation, data analysis and scientific communication.  Three hours of laboratory each week.

Requisite: Prior completion of or concurrent registration in either BIOL-230 or BIOL-320. Limited to 16 students. Professors Miller and Temeles and Lab Instructor Kristensen. Spring semester.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to biology majors and according to class year (seniors first, etc.).

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: scientific reading and writing, independent and group research, group work, quantitative work, lab work.


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023