Fall 2011 not offered
BIOL 537, ENVS 337|
|Certificates: Informatics and Modeling|
Wherever there is life, there are bacteria. Free-living bacteria are found in every environment that supports eukaryotes, and no animal or plant is known to be free of bacteria. There are most likely a billion or more species of bacteria, each living in its unique ecological niche. This course will explore the origins of bacterial biodiversity: how bacteria evolve to form new species that inhabit new ecological niches. We will focus on how the peculiarities of bacterial sex and genetics facilitate bacterial speciation. Topics will include the characteristics of bacterial sex, why barriers to genetic exchange are not necessary for speciation in bacteria, the great potential for formation of new bacterial species, the evolutionary role of genetic gifts from other species, and the use of genomics to identify ecologically distinct populations of bacteria.
Lectures and discussions will build from quantitative models of bacterial evolution and ecology.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIM)(ENVS)
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Students will be required to participate in discussions. There will be a term project, which reviews an issue in bacterial diversity and proposes a research program that would contribute to our understanding of the issue.