| BIOEE 278: Evolutionary
Fall or spring. 3 or 4 credits.
The course considers explanations for patterns of diversity and for the
apparent "good fit" of organisms to the environment. Topics covered
include the genetic and developmental basis of evolutionary change,
processes at the population level, the theory of evolution by natural
selection, levels of selection, concepts of fitness and adaptation,
modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, rates of evolution,
and extinction. Students taking the four-credit option read additional
materials from the primary literature and write a series of essays in
place of the regular prelims.
| BIOEE463: Plant Ecology and
Fall. 3 credits. Offered alternate years.
This course examines the biological and historical factors affecting
the structure of plant communities, and the distribution, abundance,
and population dynamics of individual species. The influence of the
environment, disturbance history, competition, and herbivory on the
organization of plant communities are considered. Plant populations are
also studied through an analysis of plant life histories and
plant-plant and plant-animal interactions. Throughout the course an
attempt is made to blend empirical patterns, experimental results, and
theory. Readings are drawn from the primary literature.
| BIOEE 465: Plant Ecology and
Population Biology Laboratory
Fall. 1 credit. Offered alternate years.
Field and laboratory exercises are designed to give firsthand
experience with the ecology and population biology of plants. Emphasis
is on making observations and measurements of plants in the field and
greenhouse, and on data analysis.
|BIOEE 759: Graduate Seminar
Topics vary by semester and have
included competition theory, species diversity and community stability,
use of molecular markers in evolutionary studies, and evolution and
ecology of specialization versus generalization.This 2-credit seminar is for students who have had a full semester of
coursework in evolutionary biology and ecology. The seminar meets
once a week for two hours and consists of a combination of few
lectures with an emphasis on discussions of the literature.