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Multi-week Laboratory Exercises


Exercises are listed below with credits to the instructors and schools


Labs Using Organisms

Labs using Brassica rapa (Wisconsin Fast Plants) http://www.fastplants.org/intro.html

Artificial Selection (PDF) - University of Minnesota (Dr. B. Fall)

Artificial Selection and Evolution: Setup - Georgia Southern University (Dr. A. Harvey)

Artificial Selection and Evolution: Part 2 - Georgia Southern University (Dr. A. Harvey)

Intraspecific competition - Georgia Southern University (Dr. A. Harvey)

Inbreeding Depression (PDF)- Queens University (Dr. C. Eckert)

Eckert, C. G. 1994. Inbreeding depression and the evolutionary advantage of outbreeding. Pages 215-238, in Tested studies for laboaratory teaching, Volume 15 (C. A. Goldman, Editor). Proceedings of the 15th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Phenotypic and genetic variation (PDF)- Franklin & Marshall College (Dr. J. Winterer) (single week if plants are pre-planted, multi week if students plant)

Labs using other organisms

Abiotic factors regulating population size - uses Landoltia punctata (floating aquatic plant) to investigate nutrient limitations to population size - (A. Harvey, Georgia Southern University)

Biotic factors regulating population size - uses Landoltia punctata to investigate carrying capacity - (A. Harvey, Georgia Southern University)

Antibiotic Resistance in E.coli - (Antonovics and Taylor, University of Virginia).

Artificial selection in C.elegans - Part 1 (Statistical analysis - Part 2)- selection for "fast" worms - (D. Guay,  Bowdoin College )

Sorensen, R.E. 1996.  Life-History Schedules in Daphnia magna: An Ecological Activity for Multiple Laboratory Sessions. Proceedings of the 16th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to PDF .

Williams, E. 1991. Mimicry. Experiments to Teach Ecology. Ecological Society of America Workshop. 20pp. PDF

Bader, J.M. 1998. Measuring Genetic Variability in Natural Populations by Allozyme Electrophoresis. Pages 25-42, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document

Goldman, C.A. Measuring Genetic Variation in Zebra Mussels Using Cellulose Acetate Electrophoresis. ABLE mini-workshop. Presented at the 20th Annual Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), June 9-13, 1998, Florida State University, Tallahassee. Link to document .

Leonard, C. and Nolan, K.A. 2000. Making conservation genetics come alive for students. Bioscene. 26 (2):19-24. PDF

Mordacq, J.C. and Ellington, R.W.  1998.  Bacterial gene transfer. Pages 1-24, in Tested studies for laboratory teaching, Volume 19.  (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 19th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to document .

Haddix, P.L. Paulsen, E.T. and Werner, T.F. 2000. Measurement of mutation to antibiotic resistance: Ampicillin resistance in Serratia marcescens . Bioscene. 26 (1):17-21. PDF

Salata, M. 2002. Evolution lab with Drosophila. Bioscene. 28 (2): 3-6. PDF

Labs Using Existing Data

Molecular phylogenetics - students use data from GenBank to reconstruct phylogeny of HIV strains - (Antonovics and Taylor, University of Virginia ).

Ogram, A. 1998. Teaching Soil Bacterial Diversity from a Phylogenetic Perspective: A Term Project Utilizing the Ribosomal Database Project. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education (JNRLSE). 27: 93-96. PDF


Labs Using Models

Kliman, R.M. 2001. A project-based approach to teaching complex population genetics to undergraduates. Bioscene. 27(4): 13-20. PDF



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