Spring 2023

Seminar in Sex and Sexual Reproduction

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-424


Jill S. Miller (Section 01)


The origin and maintenance of sexual reproduction stands as one of the great mysteries of evolutionary biology. This seminar will explore the nature of sex and sexual reproduction across organisms, consider hypotheses for its origin and maintenance, and study its diverse consequences in populations. Readings will incorporate articles from the primary literature and topics for consideration include the molecular machinery and origin of meiosis, variation in sex determination mechanisms (including the evolution of sex chromosomes), sex ratio evolution, mating system variation, sexual conflicts, and the evolutionary ecology of sex differences. Three hours per week.

Requisite: BIOL 181, BIOL 191, and one upper level course in Biology. Limited to 16 students. Spring semester. Prof. Miller. 

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to biology majors and by 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: emphasis on written assignments, engagement with the scientific literature, participation in class discussion, oral presentations, and group work

BIOL 424 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SCCE A013


Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2025