Contemporary studies of how populations and species evolved adaptations to their ecological habitats. Focus on modern methods of genome mapping and sequence data and analysis in wild populations that can identify genetic changes that contributed to ecological adaptations. Emphasis on case studies of genomics of adaptation in plant and animal systems, including humans and our adaptations to environments that our ancestors encountered as they colonized diverse habitats throughout the world. Examples will also illustrate how speciation and hybridization can contribute to adaptive biodiversity. Prerequisite: Biology 202L or equivalent course.
Spring 2017 offering