Entomology 601

Fall 2015


Week 1 31-Aug 1. Introduction. Course goals and procedures.
  2-Sept 2. Folk taxonomies. Historical development of systematics: Greeks through Linnaeus.
3. Historical development of systematics: Darwin through the Evolutionary Synthesis.
Week 2 7-Sep 4. Concept of the population. Population structure.
  9-Sep 5. The Neodarwinian view of species. Polytypic species and geographic differentiation.
  11-Sep 6. Homology: the central concept in comparative biology.
Week 3 14-Sep 7. Character systems: morphology
  16-Sep 8. Character systems: allozymes, and mitochondrial DNA, genetic variation in natural populations.
  18-Sep 9. Character systems: protein-coding DNA
Week 4 21-Sep 10. Character systems: ribosomal DNA.
  23-Sep 11. Character systems: microsatellites, AFLP markers, SNP's, transcriptomes, phylogenomics
  25-Sep 12. Evolutionary Systematics, Introduction to Phenetics
Week 5 28-Sep 13. Phenetic methods: definition and coding of characters, measures of distance and association.
  30-Sep 14. Phenetic methods: clustering algorithms.  Ultrametric and non-ultrametric clustering methods
  2-Oct 15. Phenetics: summary and critique
Week 6 5-Oct 16. Phylogenetic systematics: philosophical foundations, terminology, cladistic evidence and hypotheses
17. Phylogenetics: determination of character polarity
  9-Oct 18. Phylogenetics: resolution of conflicting data, the parsimony criterion.
Week 7 12-Oct 19. Phylogenetics: tree building algorithms
  14-Oct 20. Phylogenetics: numerical parsimony methods
  16-Oct 21. Phylogenetics:  maximum-likelihood methods
Week 8 19-Oct 22. Phylogenetics: Bayesian methods
  21-Oct 23: Gene trees, species trees, coalescence theory, and concatenation of data
  23-Oct 24. Phylogenetics: assessing the quality of data and robustness of results
Week 9 26-Oct 25. Phylogenetics: Applying the results in classifications, ranking of taxa, evolutionary systematics revisited.
  28-Oct 26. Phylogenetics: conclusions
  30-Oct 27. Introduction to speciation, allopatric speciation
Week 10 2-Nov
28. Semispecies, ring species, and related problems
29. Species concepts: biological, phenetic, recognition
  6-Nov 30. Parthenogenetic systems and endosymbionts
Week 11 9-Nov 31. Sympatric speciation and host-associated differentiation
  11-Nov 32. A case study in speciation: the Hawaiian Drosophila
  13-Nov 33. Hybrid zones, species boundaries, parapatric speciation
Week 12 16-Nov class cancelled, no lecture
  18-Nov class cancelled, no lecture
  20-Nov 34. Species concepts: evolutionary, phylogenetic, cohesion species
Week 13 23-Nov 35. Zoological Nomenclature 1
  25-Nov Reading Day, no classes
  27-Nov Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14 30-Nov 36. Zoological Nomenclature 2
37. Zoological nomenclature 3
38. Biodiversity Informatics
Week 15  7-Dec

Redefined day: attend Friday classes

39. Study of adaptations and the comparative method

Last day of Fall Semester Classes, course critique and open discussion