Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Evolving Forms, Patterns, & Processes

How did the whale get its blowhole? How did the cactus get its spines? The emerging science of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) seeks to answer questions about how evolutionary changes to development shape bizarre body plans, unique life cycles, elegant color patterns, and more. This course will explore the evolution of novel structures, patterns, and processes as well as the genetics underlying them across plants and animals. Students will read and discuss selected book chapters and primary literature. They will be assessed through participation, written assignments, oral presentations, and a written research proposal. Intended for upper-level students who have taken Biology 201L and 202L, or the equivalent.

Course Number: 
BIOLOGY490S Spring 2019 Evolutionary Developmental Bio
Course Level: 
400-499
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Course Notes: 
offered Spring 2019