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Recitation  / Discussion Section Exercises for Experimental and Investigative Evolution



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Darwin
On the Origin of Species - Ch 2-4

Variation, survival of the fittest, natural selection
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Woozleology
The Blind Watchmaker - Ch 3
POPULUS
woozle exercise
Relative roles of selection and chance in the evolutionary process
Evaluation
Genetic Drift
A defense of beanbag genetics (Haldane). Genetic drift exercise using dried beans
POPULUS
genetic drift exercise

Importance of models in evolutionary biology, sampling error, effects of population size, and initial allele frequency on genetic drift.
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Gene Duplication
The genes for color vision (Nathans)

Mechanisms and importance of gene duplication
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Quantitative Genetics
Measuring butterfly wing traits
Calculate heritability
Mechanics of quantitative genetics, eugenics
Evaluation
Levels of selection
Genemanship (Dawkins)
Selfish genetic elements (Werren et al.)
POPULUS
interdemic group selection
Kin vs. interdemic selection; selfish genes, examples of meiotic drive, transposable elements, organelle competition
Evaluation
Sympatric speciation
Darwin's Finches (Grant & Grant)
Drosophila Expt (Rice & Salt)

Examples of sympatric speciation, conditions for sympatric speciation
Evaluation
Phylogenetics I
Wagner Trees
GenBank, phylogeny of cartoons
Introduction to the mechanics of phylogeny reconstruction, introduction to GenBank
Evaluation
Phylogenetics II
PAUP

Computer programs which use parsimony to create phylogenies
Evaluation


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