Spring 2009 not offered
Human activities have altered natural environments and, indeed, created entirely novel ecosystems such as cities and high-input farms. This course considers how these human alterations to the environment affect the evolution and co-evolution of diverse organisms. Starting with an overview of basic ecological and evolutionary principles, we will consider a number of compelling contemporary scenarios: evolutionary response to environmental contaminants, exploitation of natural populations, and global climate change; evolution in urban and agricultural ecosystems; and the evolutionary impact of alien, invasive, and genetically modified species.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(ENVS)(INFO-MN)
Background readings from textbooks (D. Futuyma, EVOLUTION, 2005)
Selected research and review articles from the primary evolution/ ecology literature
|Examinations and Assignments: |
20-minute oral presentation;
one ten-page paper on topic of student's choice
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students interested in Environmental Studies are encouraged to participate; those not meeting the prerequisite should contact the professor directly.
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