Genomics of Adaptation: A Modern Look at Evolution

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.

How Organisms Move

Connecting basic physics with biological systems to examine the principles of organismal movement. Course provides a quantitative and analytical foundation in the major modes of locomotion, such as flight, swimming, and walking, then applies this foundation to broader issues in science and society, such as the development of biologically-inspired mechanisms and the impact of climate change on organismal movement. Foundational lecture presentations, in-class group problem-solving and projects, and R-computer programming.

Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Survey of new advances in the field of environmental and evolu- tionary microbiology, based on current literature, discussion, and laboratory exercises. Topics to include bacterial phylogeny, molecular ecology, emerging infectious diseases, bacterial symbiosis, experimental evolution, evolution of drug resistance, and microbial genomics. Prerequisite: Biology 20 or 212L or 201L or 202L. One course. 4 graduate units.

Systematic Biology

Laboratory version of Biology 556. Theory and practice of identification, species discovery, phylogeny reconstruction, classification, and nomenclature. Prerequisite: Biology 202L or equivalent. One course. 4 graduate units.


The biology of insects: diversity, development, physiology, and ecology. Field trips. Prereq- uisite: Biology 20 or 202L or equivalent. One course. 4 graduate units.