Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Mar 26, 2023  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PLBIO 3440 - Evolutionary Plant Biology

Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Recommended prerequisite: PLBRG 2250  or BIOMG 2800 . Enrollment limited to: sophomores, juniors and seniors.

W. Pawlowski.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of evolution with an emphasis on plants as excellent exemplars for understanding evolutionary theory and the interpretation of data pertaining to evolution. The topics will include population generics, developmental biology (including comparative embryology and anatomy), theories about speciation (including allopatric, sympatric, and peripatric models), the empirical study of speciation (examples include autopolyploidy, and allopolyploidy), macroevolution (including species selection, kin selection, and multilevel selection theory), the evolution of multicellularity, physical constraints on evolution, evolutionary ecology, and major evolutionary transitions as recorded in the fossil record.

Outcome 1: Critically evaluate information pertaining to evolution.

Outcome 2: Describe the various lines of evidence supporting the theory of evolution, including evidence drawn from molecular and population genetics, comparative studies of embryology, morphology, and anatomy, biogeography, and the fossil record.

Outcome 3: Demonstrate how changes at the DNA sequence level constitute the core of evolution.

Outcome 4: Articulate the importance of plants to evolution and understanding of evolutionary theory.

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