Evolution: The History of Life on Earth
From DNA to fossils billions of years old, the evidence for evolution is all around us. This course is an introduction to the science of evolutionary biology for those not majoring in the life sciences, and it fulfills a Tier II requirement in Natural Sciences. Topics include the mechanisms of evolution, such as natural selection, adaptation, and the formation of species; the patterns of evolution, such as mass extinctions and the chronicle of life on earth; and applications of evolutionary principles to human society, such as medicine, agriculture, and biodiversity conservation.
Principles of Evolution
This course is required by all biology majors. It focuses on the patterns and processes that characterize the history and diversity of life on Earth. Both microevolution and macroevolution are covered, including population genetics, quantitative genetics, phylogenetic inference, species formation, natural selection, adaptation, life history evolution, biogeography, the Cambrian explosion, and other topics. I teach this course every fall semester, and Dr. Morris teaches the course every spring semester.
This is an advanced course on the principles and methods of systematic biology, including molecular evolution, species delimitation, phylogenetic inference, and phylogenetic comparative methods. There is a strong focus in the class on actually doing systematics, and in applying systematic methods to research. Computer labs are emphasized. This course is geared toward graduate students, but motivated undergraduates are welcome. The course is offered in the spring semester, but some years I teach Herpetology, so check the Ohio University Course Catalogue for availability.
Learn the joys of amphibians and reptiles and the tremendous scientific value of organismal biology. Lectures emphasize organismal biology, including natural history, systematics, anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, taxonomy, and biogeography. Labs are focused on the "herps" of Ohio, including the study of specimens and on field trips. The course is offered in the spring semester, but some years I teach Systematic Biology so check the Ohio University Course Catalogue for availability.