Syllabus: BIOLOGY 4250 -- Evolution

Fall Semester 2013 -- 1:40 - 2:55 p.m., MW, Seq. 135.

Dr. James K. Adams -- 148 Sequoya Hall                Office Hours: 8:30 - 10:40 a.m. MT; 3:00 -
Office: (706) 272-4427     Home: (706) 602-6993       4:00 p.m. MW (intramurals may interfere);
E-mail:
jadams@daltonstate.edu                                   1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Th; 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Faculty website: www.daltonstate.edu/faculty-staff/jadams/     some Fridays (call) or by appointment

Textbook: Evolutionary Analysis (4th Edition), by Freeman and Herron

Week                              Topics                                                  Chapter, Pages       
Aug. 14                  Introduction to Course                                (please read page 1)
                             
The Pattern of Evolution                           1 (overview), 2 (37 - 65)      

                                                                                
Aug. 19 - 22          The Pattern of Evolution (continued0                    2 (continued)
                              Darwinian Natural Selection                                 3 (74 - 96)            
                                        and the Modern Synthesis (with genetics)
                                 
Aug. 26 - 29          Darwinian Natural Selection (continued)                3 (continued)
                              Estimating Evolutionary Trees                               4 (overview)
                                 
                           ***Labor Day Holiday, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013***  

Sept. 3 - 5       
      Mutation and Genetic Variation                             5 (143 - 166)
                                        new genes, new alleles, chromosomal alterations                       
          

Sept. 9 - 12           Finish Mutation and begin Mendelian Genetics       5 & 6
                      ***EXAM 1, Chaps. (1) 2 - 5; Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013***  

Sept. 16 - 19         Mendelian Genetics in Populations: Hardy-Weinberg                  
                                        Selection, Mutation                                     6           
                                        Migration, Drift, Non random mating           7                  

Sept. 23 - 26          Evolution with Multiple loci                                   8 (281 - 302)
                             
Evolution with Multiple loci: Quant. Genetics          9                      
                               

Sep. 30 - Oct. 3      Quantitative Genetics (continued)                          9 (continued)
                               Begin Adaptation                                                10
                         ***EXAM 2, Chaps. 6 - 9; Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013***  
                                   

Oct. 7 - 10           
   Adaptation:  Form and Function                          10
                               Adaptive significance of sex                                   8 (302 - 312)  

                     ***Fall Break, Monday, Oct. 14 - Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013***
                       
    

Oct. 16 - 17             Sexual Selection                                                11

Oct. 21 - 24             Kin Selection & Social Behavior                        12
                                  
Oct. 28 - 31           
Aging and Life History Characteristics:                13
                                            Fecundity, Lifespan, etc. in evolution

Nov. 4 - 7       ***EXAM 3, Chaps. 10 - 13; Monday, Nov. 4, 2013***     
                               Mechanisms of Speciation                                  16 

Nov. 11 - 14           Mechanisms of Speciation                                  16 (continued)
                               The Origins of Life                                              17 (639 - 659)

Nov. 18 - 21           Precambrian Evolution                                        17 (659 - 680) 
                               The Cambrian Explosion and beyond                  18
                                           

Nov. 25                   The Cambrian Explosion (cont.)                         18 (continued)
                       
                       ***Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Nov. 27 - 29, 2013***

Dec. 2 - 4       ***EXAM 4, Chaps. 16 - 18 (4), Monday, Dec. 2, 2013***                                
                           
      Human Evolution/Molecular Evolution           14-15/19-20 
                                            (whatever we have time for)

                       FINAL: Monday, December 9, 2013, 1:00 -- 3:00 p.m.

Withdrawal date is Wednesday, October 24, 2013.