BIO 408 Phylogenetic Biology and Molecular Evolution
Content: Advanced study of theory and methods of reconstructing hypotheses of evolutionary history. Modern phylogenetics relies heavily on models of molecular evolution, thus the course includes a foundation of molecular evolutionary theory. We discuss applications of phylogenies including analyses of gene family evolution, the emergence of infectious disease, biogeography, and coevolution. The lab centers on computational analyses.
Prerequisites: BIO 151 and BIO 200. BIO 390, and either MATH 131, MATH 255, or CS 171, are recommended.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 5.