BIOL 571 (Winter)

Experimental Evolution/Ecology

(Given in alternate years; not offered in 2014-2015)



Instructors:
G. Bell   (Coordinator)
W6/18
(514) 398-6458
graham.bell@mcgill.ca
G. Fussmann 
W6/4
(514) 398-1370
gregor.fussmann@mcgill.ca
A. Gonzalez
N3/2
(514) 398-6444
andrew.gonzalez@mcgill.ca
Workload:
3 credits (1-4-4)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 435 or equivalent
Content:
This course uses microbial model systems in the laboratory to demonstrate some of the basic principles and processes of evolution and ecology.  Students will each conduct a series of short experiments in order to estimate a quantity or test an hypothesis.  The topics that will be covered include mutation, fitness, selection adaptive radiation, properties of mixtures and community assembly.
Readings:
TBA
Method:
One one-hour lecture and a four-hour laboratory per week. Attendance at all classes is required.
Evaluation:

Two Brief Reports in journal style, describing two of the experiments, to be submitted, one at mid-term and the other at the end of term. The laboratory notebook for the whole of the term will also be evaluated.

 

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Last update: April 7, 2014