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Barbara Snapp

This website is a companion to the courses Evolution 101 and Evolution 102 offered at Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick, Maine, Spring and Fall 2016

"Activities" contains any activities that will be done in class and/or at home.

"Basic Information" contains the following files which will be updated as needed
        Topic and reading schedule
        Glossary

    It also contains lists of additional resources

"Class Presentations" contains the power point presentations in pdf form.  The presentation for each class will be added within a day or two of each class session. 

"Course Articles" contains the required reading and enrichment reading for each week.  Required reading will be posted for each week by the week before that class.  Enrichment reading will be posted shortly after each class session, if not before.  The lists will be updated as relevant new articles are found.


Evolution 101:  It's all about the genes
A pioneering geneticist once said, “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” This course will begin a two-course exploration of the basic biology that explains how species change through time and why it matters. What are the basic mechanisms and principles? How do they interact and result in adaptation? What can birds, bees, and peas tell us about human evolution?

The course will meet on Wednesdays for 4 weeks in April and May 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
    (April 13 and 20, May 4 and 11)

Topics
    Genes: master of our fate
    The mechanism of inheritance
    The elegant operations of DNA, RNA and proteins
    Genetic control and the influence of environment
    Modern genetics and evolution


Evolution 102:  The origin of species
The emergence of new species is a fascinating process that explains how “from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.”  How do the small changes observed from generation to generation lead to the creation of a drastically different organism.  How did we evolve?  If life evolved on Earth, has it done so elsewhere?  

The course will meet on Wednesdays for 5 weeks in September and October 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 am.    (September 28  and October 5, 12, 19 and 26)

Topics
    History of evolutionary thought
  Microevolution: evolution within a species
    Macroevolution:  the creation of species
    Origins, phylogeny and the patterns of evolution
    Human evolution and modern challenges