exam two key-rubric:
key for exam 3:
hmm PDF will have to do; PowerPoint is acting up. The film clips are not necessary just interesting.
Reviews and Research Studies
- Please note I'm just putting these here for your interest in case you want to learn more, items put in this section are not intended as material you are responsible for on exams (other than parts of them actually discussed in class!)
- This paper by Reznick and Ricklefs explores the connection between microevolution and macroevolution. It is only 5 pages long and written in relatively non-technical terms. Interesting quote: "...it was not until the early nineteenth century that Georges Cuvier argued that ... fossils represented organisms that were extinct. A competing hypothesis was that these creatures lived on in the vast unexplored regions of the globe. When US President Thomas Jefferson dispatched Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the interior of North America, he expected them to find living mammoths and mastodons, which he knew about from fossils."
- For more information on the contribution of additive genetic variance to phenotypic variation, this is a good recent paper.
- Got Milk? This review talks about the combined efforts of archaeologists, chemists, and geneticists to understand the cultural and evolutionary mechanisms that allowed some populations to tolerate milk in their diet.
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- This paper by Morgan Kelly et al (2012) is the one about Tigriopus copepods that we talked about on Day 2 of class
- I found an interesting paper about the overuse of antibiotics in livestock accelarating selection for antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
- Relating to species around the world and their ability to adapt to climactic change, the following article reveals that international attempts to control global climate change to the 2 degree Celsius acceptable threshold will likely fail. Interesting to think what effect this will have on the diversity of species around the world.
In August, you are asked to take a look at the creatures on the phylogeny exercise
page and try to identify characters that help reconstruct the (imagined) evolutionary relationships of these (imaginary) creatures.
This is great that we are finding so many good examples of evolutionary biology in the news, and very interesting news too. To keep this page more compact - since we are using it as a class resource for lectures, etc. - I'm going to suggest that we move "Evolution in the News" and other class-relevant thoughts to the blog page. I am happy to have class members write in the blog section as long as you are respectful and abide by all other policies which would represent the University of Georgia well! – Dr. Wares
Please note that these exams only cover microevolution, and are based on different lecture and reading material. Nevertheless they will give you some guidance into exam style and certainly the content still applies to the topic of evolutionary biology.
- When learning a new subject, it is important to let go of previously held misconceptions. Luckily, UC-Berkeley has created a website for this very purpose!
- PBS, one of the most reputable public TV networks in the country, has this evolutionary science resource which tries to explain the many aspects of evolution. On this site, there are seven different topics that are linked, including: Darwin, change, extinction, survival, sex, humans, and even Religion. There are evolution library, teacher, and student tabs which include documents, videos and a number of other resources. The site is very well organized and seems very helpful.
- Not specific to evolution, but really helpful for learning how to read things effectively: How to Read a Book. Definitely a good resource to have on hand when you get into reading research articles and other really dense writing.