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Evolutionary Biology

An understanding of evolution is fundamental to all aspects of biology. This course will introduce the theory and concepts of evolutionary biology, emphasizing both macro and microevolution. Topics will include the history of evolutionary thought, species concepts and speciation, adaptation, and the roles of natural selection, mutation, and genetic drift in evolutionary change. Evolutionary concepts will also be applied to behavioural ecology, sexual selection and life-history theory. During the weekly seminar, empirical examples from the literature will be outlined and critiqued. Evaluation will be through two exams, a major research essay, and the weekly seminar where bi-weekly critiques and participation will be graded. PREREQ: BIOL 1506/7. (lec 3, sem 3) cr 3.

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