Foundations in Evolution

Colleen Webb

Description:This semester we will be working through some fundamental and often classic papers in evolution. I believe that knowing about classic theory and experiments helps us to better understand the contemporary literature as well. How can we know where we are going if we do not know where we have been? The objective this semester is to help students build a broad and basic background in key areas of evolutionary research. I have collected a list of fundamental papers and divided them into eleven subject areas. We will cover at least one paper from each subject area, and enrolled students will be expected to lead discussion on at least one paper. There will be a number of important papers that we will not have time to read, but I hope that this discussion group will help you appreciate the value of a broad knowledge of the fundamental literature and that you will continue to read it. Subject areas: Evolution of Populations, Systematics, Phylogenetics, Macroevolution, Natural Selection, Speciation, Hybridization, Molecular Evolution, Neutral Theory, Evolution and Development, and Scientific Method/Philosophy.

Section: 5
Credits: 1
Restrictions: none
First Meeting: 1/18/2012
Meeting Times: Wednesday 2:00 - 2:50pm
Classroom: Yates 206
Cross Listed: BZ 692GV
Enrollment Limit: 20
Background: An interest in learning more about evolution
Course Text: primary literature
Instructor Contact Info:
      Colleen Webb 970-491-4289