BIOL 569 (Winter)

Developmental Evolution

(Given in alternate years; not offered in 2019-2020)

H. Larsson (Coordinator)
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4086 x089457
E. Abouheif 
(514) 398-7190
3 credits (3-0-6)
BIOL 303 and BIOL 304, or permission
This course is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Developmental Evolution (DE) examines the influence of developmental mechanisms on evolution. This course will focus on the emerging principles of DE, and will draw on data and examples from plants and invertebrate and vertebrate animals. The course will cover topics such as: homology, modularity, dissociation, co-option, evolutionary novelty, evolution of genetic cis-regulation, developmental constraint and evolvabilty, heterochrony, phenotypic and genotypic plasticity, and canalization to understand how development influences evolution.
Recent research articles and reviews. No textbook will be used
The course will follow a seminar style format, in which the instructors present key lectures throughout the course, followed by student group presentations and discussions of topics chosen by groups of students from a list of suggested topics.   Each student will also write a scientific-format paper on a topic approved by the instructors. The paper may be a review of current issues or a presentation of a novel approach to issues in developmental evolution.
Student presentations, scientific paper and class participation  
McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).
Last update: March 25, 2019