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Three-hour Lab Exercises


Exercises are listed below with credits to the instructors and schools


Labs Using Organisms


Toucan phylogeny - reconstruct phylogeny of toucans based on color characteristics determined by students ( R. Irwin, University of Tennessee, Martin). Includes pictures of toucans and a simple tree-drawing applet that can be run on-line.

Fastener Phylogeny / Echinoderm Phylogeny  - students use pseudo ("fasteners") and/or real organisms (echinoderms) to reconstruct phylogeny based on observed characteristics (Antonovics and Taylor, University of Virginia).

Darling, R.A. 2000. Habitat quality and the distribution of fish: Are fish "Ideal Free". Bioscene. 26 (1): 27-30. PDF

Ryan, M.R. 2002. Optimal foraging behavior: Group vs solitary foraging under different food distribution patterns. Wilson Ornithological Society Workshop. 4pp. PDF

Motten, A.F. 1995. Reproductive isolation in angiosperms. Proceedings of the 16th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Link to PDF .

Berkelhamer R. C.  1998.  Variability and selection in natural populations of wood lice. Pages 245-254, 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 .

Burtt, E.H. 2002. Natural and sexual variation. Wilson Ornithological Society Workshop. 12pp. PDF

Labs Using Models

Phylogenetics Part I - contrasts phenetics and cladistics (one or three hour lab exercise, depending upon student level) (J. Winterer, Franklin and Marshall College)

Phylogenetics Part II  - In-class MacClade exercise (J. Winterer, Franklin and Marshall College)

Biology Labs Online - http://biologylab.awlonline.com/ - commercial site with several lab model exercises with evolutionary applications. (Suggested labs include: "Evolution Lab" - models Darwin's Finches, "Pop Eco Lab" - predator/prey interactions, and "Pop Genetics Lab") For review of using these labs in classroom, see Review by Judith T. Parmelee, Manchester Community College.

Goodyear N. L.  1998.  Factors affecting the spread of disease in human populations. Pages 255-270, 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 .

Hardy-Weinberg / Population genetics lab : (Patterson, San Francisco State University). Two part exercise using beans and POPULUS models to demonstrate concepts in population genetics.

Labs Using Existing Data


Evolution of human resistance to malaria (PDF) - case study examining hemoglobin allelic frequencies and malaria resistance (J. Winterer, Franklin and Marshall College)

Phylogeny using biblical passages - uses different versions of same bible passage to demonstrate phylogenetic methods (Antonovics and Taylor, University of Virginia)

Island Biogeography -  reconstruct phylogeny of lizards on Canary islands using information provided  (Richard Filson)

Molecular Biology and Primate Phylogenetics - use aa differences to reconstruct primate phylogenies  (John Banister-Marx, From Woodrow Wilson Access Excellence teaching site )

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