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Jeffrey Jensen
B BIO 466
Bothell Campus


Explores evolution using experiments and simple algebraic models, explains processes underlying observed patterns (e.g., evolution of HIV), predicts outcomes (e.g., health and crop management), and depicts and interprets relationships. Prerequisite: B BIO 180.

Class description

Explores how we reconstruct evolutionary history and the processes by which life has diversified. We will examine processes of evolution including natural selection and genetic drift using mathematical models, simulations, and case studies. Topics include the evolution of sex, aging, disease virulence, and how one can test evolutionary scenarios.

Student learning goals

Understand the basic logic of phylogeny reconstruction, how we map ancestral character states, and why phylogenies are important

Be able to incorporate selection, mutation, and other evolutionary agents into quantitative models of evolutionary change

Understand the effects of population size on the relative importance of genetic drift and natural selection.

Understand the meaning and applications of linkage disequilibrium

Apply evolutionary approaches to understanding the evolution of sex, aging, life history variation, social behavior, and medicine

Appreciate the importance of historical constraint

General method of instruction

We will combine lecture, in-class activities, and student presentations.

Recommended preparation

B BIO180

Class assignments and grading

Typically, grading will be based on:. Exams (350 pts.): Two midterms (100 pts. each) and one comprehensive final (150 pts.) Activity Sheets (10 @ 10 pts. = 100 pts.) Group Research and Presentations (50 pts.): You will work in groups of four to research and develop a presentation related to course material.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jeffrey Jensen
Date: 11/14/2013