Cornell Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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BIOEE 278: Evolutionary Biology
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 Population Biology
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.

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