NSCI 660 focuses on the processes and patterns of evolution. You study the four mechanisms of evolutionary change and how that change creates the complex biodiversity of the world. Topics covered are the mechanisms of evolution, mendelian genetics, quantitative genetics, phylogenetics, speciation, adaptation, origins of life hypotheses, evolution and medicine, evolution and conservation, life history, sexual selection, human evolution and developmental biology and evolution.
Exercises range from problem solving to essays based on the reading of primary literature and articles intended for broad audiences. Some of the problem-solving exercises use simulation software to explore how the mechanisms of evolution alter the frequency of alleles in populations.
This course can be applied toward:
Admission to Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.) degree program.
Dale R. Lockwood
Dr. Lockwood has been teaching evolution for a number of years. Besides teaching evolution, he teaches or has taught introductory biology, ecology, population genetics, global sustainability, mathematical biology, and various undergraduate math classes. Dr. Lockwood’s research includes marine population dynamics; ecological genetics and how these influence ex situ conservation; the population dynamics of rangeland grasshoppers; and the philosophy of the science of ecology. He has also been involved in satellite systems from design to on-orbit operations.