Species boundaries, diversification and diversity in the tropics

Dr. Barry R. Noon, Dr. S.P. Vijayakumar

Description:What drives spatial patterns of diversity gradients is a question that has fascinated ecologists for centuries. However, with the advent of phylogenetics and spatial analysis, we are currently well poised to tackle the role of diversification and incorporate biogeographic processes of dispersal to explore this question in a multi-disciplinary framework. In this short course, students will be introduced to the topic through a series of lectures. Topics include: 1. the significance of Wallacean and Linnaean shortfall in the tropics towards understanding and delimiting species boundaries 2. an introduction to the multiple processes influencing diversification in clades and 3. a conceptual link between diversification and dispersal on the spatial patterns of diversity in the tropics. We will use a few recent case studies to illustrate these concepts and introduce students to the world of frogs in the Western Ghats, a tropical biodiversity hotspot in Peninsular India. Note: This course will be taught within a ~3-week window of time to accommodate the visit schedule of our Indian colleagues. Several hours of meeting time will occur each week up to 15 contact hours. A short project paper (~2500 words), which can be done in collaboration with a fellow student, will be required at the end of the course. Grading will be pass/fail with a pass dependent on class attendance and participation and successful completion of the final project report.

Section: 5
Credits: 1
First Meeting: 9/19/2016
Meeting Times: To be determined after first meeting on September 19. Course will be completed within 3 weeks following the first meeting.
Classroom: Wagar 107
CRN: 60566
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Enrollment Limit: 15
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Dr. Barry R. Noon barry.noon@colostate.edu 491-7905
      Dr. S.P. Vijayakumar vj@ces.iisc.ernet.in