Spring 2011 not offered
Human activities have altered natural environments and, indeed, have 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 coevolution 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)(IDEA-MN)(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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