Principles of Entomology including the morphology, development, systematics, ecology and importance of insects. Laboratories emphasize the identification of local insects to at least family level. Some field work required. Lecture 2.5 hours, laboratory 3 hours. 4 credit hours. Offered Every Fall.
Patterns, processes, and mechanisms of evolution; including adaptive and neutral evolution, population genetics, molecular evolution, the origin of species and higher taxonomic groups, adaptation and behavior, recognition of evolutionary relationships, and significance of evolution to humans. Offered by the department every semester - I teach the class at least once every year.
Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL4130)
A survey of the invertebrate phyla up to the chordates with an emphasis on their evolution, systematics, morphology, and physiological adaptations. Lecture 2.5 hours, laboratory 3 hours. 4 credit hours. Offered every other Spring.
A survey of parasitic organisms with an emphasis on their diversity, evolutionary and ecological adaptations, as well as immunoparasitology and conservation biology. Lecture 2.5 hours, laboratory 3 hours. 4 credit hours. Offered every other Spring.
Principles of systematic biology including contemporary systematic philosophies, problems of species and speciation, taxonomic characters and interpretation, construction of evolutionary trees, higher categories and classification, nomenclature, taxonomic collections and procedures of identification. Fall 2018, Spring 2020, 2021.