TENTATIVE EVOLUTION LECTURE SCHEDULE. Presentations will be provided as pdf files of the ppt slides. A minimum of 3 slides per page are printed to save paper.

WEEK Date Topic Reading
Week 1 8/21 course intro

Dobzhansky paper; ch. 2, tree figure

  8/23 history of evolutionary thought UC Berkeley Website
Week 2 8/26 history of evolutionary thought Wallace's paper
  8/28 evidence of evolution ch. 2
  8/30 evidence and Darwin (Video) ch. 1, ch. 3
Week 3 9/2 Labor Day -No Class dog evolution paper
  9/4 natural selection (Darwinian evolution)  
  9/6 selection continued  
Week 4 9/9 mutation & variation ch. 5, ch. 15 p.576-591, Updating the theory of mutation; and Promiscuous DNA...
  9/11 Hardy-Weinberg ch. 6
  9/13 HW - selection & mutation ch. 6 Patterns and power of selection
Week 5 9/16 genetic drift ch. 7Elephant seal study
  9/18 drift

ch. 7, sf gate article

  9/20 gene flow ch. 7 p. 251-264
Week 6 9/23 molecular evolution ch. 2 p.50-51, ch. 4 Review paper on the neutral theory
  9/25 phylogenetics Paper on evolutionary trees
  9/27 phylogenetics continued Evolutionary biology¬†and practical¬†conservation...
Week  7 9/30 evolution and conservation  
  10/2 midterm exam  
  10/4 evolution of sex - video  
Week 8 10/7 evolution of sex ch. 8 p.302-312, Running with the red queen...
  10/9 evolution of quantitative traits ch. 9
  10/11 quantitative traits; sexual selection  
Week 9 10/14 FALL BREAK - no class  
  10/16 sexual selection ch. 11, ch. 16 p. 621, online article
  10/18 sexual selection; kin selection

ch. 12

Week 10 10/21 kin selection  
  10/23 life history characteristics ch. 13, A unique life hisory among tetrapods...
  10/25 co-evolution ch. 4 p. 133-134
Week 11 10/28 video - The Queen of Trees Paper on fig-fig wasp coevolution
  10/30 co-evolution  
  11/1 evolution and human health ch. 14 p.529-548
Week 12 11/4 speciation ch. 16
  11/6 speciation  
  11/8 no class  
Week 13 11/11 speciation

 

  11/13 history of life on earth ch. 17 & 18
  11/15 biogeography  
Week 14 11/18 biogeography ch. 18 pp 702-708
  11/20 evolution of biodiversity; Wrap up Blind Watchmaker  
  11/22

evo-devo

 
Week 15 11/25 human evolution ch. 19
  11/27

human evolution

ch. 20, review paper

  11/29 Thanksgiving Break - no class  
Week 16 12/2 human evolution cont., Paper due NOVA video - Becoming Human
  12/4

open discussion, evolution & creationism

 
 

 

FINAL EXAM, 10-12