I teach a variety of classes: usually a portion of the Graduate Core course (phylogenetics), a mandatory course for all graduate students; a 400-level (upper level undergrads and beginning grad students) course on macroevolution; introductory biology (Biodiversity: Bio150); and a variety of smaller graduate seminars. My usual teaching load is Macroevolution every fall, Core every fall, Biodiversity every other spring, and usually a graduate seminar or two (often phyloseminar) per semester. In 2015-16, I’ll be stepping back from teaching Core to start a new, intensive graduate class on phylogenetic methods.
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- Understand evolution of a convergent trait
- Appreciate difficulties in discretizing traits
- Understand key natural history of a major group
- Apply concepts from the class to natural history
- Who was Gould?
- Punctuated equilbrium
- How we argue in macroevolution
- What has been the history of domestication?
- What traits change?
- Why do traits change?
- Can nonhuman organisms domesticate others?
- Aspects requiring explanation about origin of life
- Life elsewhere
- Identify potential causes of Quaternary mass extinction
- Find biases in which groups went extinct
- Learn about ways we can test ideas of potential causes
- Know multiple origins of flight
- Describe hypotheses for origin
- Consider possible evolutionary dead ends
- Connect ideas about symbiosis and game theory to disease evolution
- Understand natural history of disease