BIOL 402
Rapid Evolution in Ecology Spring 2018
Division III
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Darwin believed that evolution was a slow process. Until recently, the impact of evolutionary changes on short-term ecological studies was considered to be minimal. However, empirical documentation of rapid, directly observed evolution has changed this view and has led to an increased focus on the joint dynamics of evolution and ecology including community genetics, niche construction, and evolutionary rescue. In this course, we first focus on the literature presenting the evidence for rapid evolutionary change in natural and experimental populations. Then, we explore the consequences of rapid evolutionary change for our understanding of population, community, and ecosystem ecology including the impacts that evolutionary changes have for conservation efforts and predicting the response of organisms to global environmental and climate change.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3399
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on participation in discussions, several short papers and presentations.
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: BIOL 202
Enrollment Preferences: Biology seniors who have not yet taken a 400-level course
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the biology major
Distributions: Division III

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