Description: Evolutionary physiology studies how physiological traits arise and are modified during adaptation to the environment. An integrative understanding of the origin and maintenance of physiological traits, encompassing levels of biological hierarchy from molecular to ecological and biogeographic, is essential for improving human health and stewarding the natural world through the current era of rapid environmental change. This course consists of three parts: 1) big questions in evolutionary physiology and how they are addressed; 2) a student-led exploration of how environmental factors have shaped physiological evolution; and 3) predicting responses to global change using evolutionary physiology.
Prerequisites: Biology 1A-1B or equivalent.
Restricted To: Majority of seats are reserved for IB majors during Phase I; 3+ Terms in Attendance during Phase II.
Expected Enrollment: 50