Quantifying Evolution: The Genetics of Populations|
Spring 2021 not offered
How can we forecast the survival of an endangered species? How quickly can antibiotic resistance arise? Who is Lucy? Population genetics studies the genetic variation within and between populations that arise from several factors, including natural selection. Migration, mate choice, and habitat all influence the evolution of life. In this course, we will use mathematical modeling to describe how these fundamental forces change populations over time, and we will learn how these principles are used to breed our food supply, build our medicines, and manage our ecosystems. Class sessions will combine lectures with discussion and in-class problem-solving. Using these ideas, students will learn how evolutionary biologists reconstruct history using the principles of inheritance and variation.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Examination and Assignments:
One mid-term exam, a final exam, and short bi-weekly problem sets. Students will also present findings from a relevant research paper.
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Population Genetics will be offered as an online class in Spring 2021. Synchronous online class sessions will be used for interactive learning and discussions. Lecture slides and notes will be available online.
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