BIOL364: Biology of Invertebrates (Fall 2015).
This course is an introduction to more than 97% of the animal kingdom. It is organized around 15 major higher invertebrate taxa. For each we will first learn a ground plan and then consider selected topics pertinent to the taxon. You can expect to learn about diversity, evolution, phylogeny, classification, anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology, natural history, and biomechanics.
EEOB563: Molecular Phylogenetics (Spring 2015).
This course is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of phylogenetic analysis. The course emphasizes a hands-on approach to molecular phylogenetics and combines lecture presentations with computer exercises and discussion of original scientific literature.
EEB698: Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life (Fall 2013).
Mitochondria are among the most important and interesting organelles of eukaryotic cells. Not only do they generate most of the cell's supply of ATP and contain their own independent genome but also their origin marks the beginning of eukaryotes and their ongoing evolution may determine our future. Recently discovered roles of mitochondria in ageing and apoptosis led to a resurrection of interest in this organelle and to a rapid proliferation of literature on various topics in mitochondrial biology. This graduate seminar course is structured around Nick Lane's book “Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life” and involves student-led discussions exploring the biology and evolution of mitochondria.