Plants have evolved a stunning diversity of forms and reproductive strategies, occupy some incredibly challenging ecological niches, and form the basis of food webs and human economic systems. This course explores plant morphology and physiological processes, reproductive strategies, the evolution of major lineages, ecology interactions, and relations to human populations as food, medicine, fuel, fibers, and dyes.
Evolution is the grand unifying idea of biology. This study of the evolutionary process covers genetic mechanisms of variation, natural selection change in populations, speciation, coevolution, and biogeography, as well as applications of evolutionary biology to real-world problems.
An introduction to the processes and patterns of evolution. Topics covered include: history of evolutionary thought, origin of life, evidence for evolution, phylogenetics, evolutionary genetics, natural selection and other evolutionary forces, and speciation and biodiversity.
The study of biodiversity is a central focus of many biologists. This seminar course explores the history and theory relevant to species concepts and their differential application across the kingdoms of life.
Basic concepts and theory relevant to the application of phylogeographic methods, including rates of mtDNA and cpDNA evolution and their utility for genealogy reconstruction, gene trees vs. species trees, coalescent concepts and historical demography, molecular clock calibration, and the influence of life history and biogeography on patterns of relatedness.
Emphasizes the development of testable hypotheses and implementation of appropriate observations and experiments on a series of topics relevant to field ecology in western New York.
Emphasizes the development of testable hypotheses and implementation of appropriate observations and experiments on a series of topics relevant to ecological and evolutionary studies in western New York.