Spring 2018 meeting times:
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:00 am - noon, room 3059 VLSB
Lab: Wednesday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, room 3059 VLSB
"Principles of Phylogenetics" covers the core theory and methodology for comparative biology, with emphases on both morphology and molecules, and both living and fossil organisms. We cover how to build phylogenetic trees and how to use them to answer questions in areas such as ecology, evolution, development, functional morphology, populational genetics, conservation, biogeogeography, speciation, and macroevolution. Labs are closely integrated with lectures and will cover the major algorithms and software to implement these approaches.
Requirements include participation in discussion, two quizzes, and a term project. In addition to a written report in the form of a journal publication, project results will be presented in a mini-symposium at the end of the term. We encourage students to focus on organisms that they are studying for thesis or other research, making this course an excellent way to accomplish preliminary research suitable for later thesis drafts, funding requests, and publications.
This class is only taught every other Spring semester, and is intended for both graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
Tree Thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology
by David Baum, Stacey Smith
1st Edition, published by Roberts and Company
David D. Ackerly, professor, Integrative Biology
Brent D. Mishler, professor, Integrative Biology
Guest lectures by:
Kipling W. Will, professor, ESPM
Carrie Tribble, PhD candidate, Integrative Biology
Office hours: by appointment