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David H.A. Fitch

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Rule
Fall 2005
Lec.
Date
Day
Topic
Darwin
Dawkins
Futuyma
1.
9/7
W
Perspectives
Intro.
 
Chs. 1, 22
2.
9/12
M
Darwin's Evidence for evolution
   Variation
Chs. 1-2
 
 
3.
9/14
W
   Geological succession and 
   biogeography 
Chs.10-12
 
 
4.
9/19
M
   Morphology, classification and 
   rudimentary organs
Ch. 13
 
 
5.
9/21
W
Darwin's mechanism of evolution
   Struggle for existence
Ch. 3
 
Ch. 11
6.
9/26
M
   Natural selection
Ch. 4
Chs. 1-3
7.
9/28
W
Adaptation
   Examples of imperfection
   defining adaptation, and 
   levels of selection and  "altruism"
   
Ch. 14
8.
10/3
M
   Optimal models, tradeoffs and 
   sexual selection
   
Ch. 17
9.
10/5
W
Evolutionary genetics
   Null hypotheses: 
      Variation:  at a single locus
   
Chs. 8,9
10.
10/12
W
      Variation:  at multiple loci    
Ch. 9
11.
10/17
M
   Deviations from the null 
      hypotheses: 
      Nonrandom mating
   
Ch. 10
12.
10/19
W
      Population size, genetic drift, 
      Mutation and gene flow
   
Ch. 10
13.
10/24
M
      Selection:  at a single locus    
Ch. 12
14.
10/26
W
      Selection:  at multiple loci    
Ch. 13
15.
10/31
M
 Speciation 
   THESIS AND OUTLINE DUE
   
Ch. 15
 
11/2
W
   MIDTERM EXAM (Lecs. 1-14) 
      (Click here for a sample exam.)
   
 
 16.
11/7
M
 Systematics and phylogeny    
 Ch. 2
17.
11/9
W
     (cont'd)    
Ch. 3
18.
11/14
M
History of diversity and fossil record
   Punctuated equilibrium 
      In Memoriam: Dr. S. J. Gould
   
Chs. 4,5,21
 
11/18
F
   Field Trip: 
      Am. Mus. of Natural History
   
19.
11/16
W
   Mass extinctions 
      Guest Lecturer Dr. M. Rampino (?)
   
Ch. 7
20.
11/21
M
   Reconstructing character evolution    
Ch. 3
21.
11/23
W
Biogeography:    
Ch. 6
22.
11/28
M
   Coevolution    
Ch. 18
23.
11/30
W
Evolution and development
   Allometry and heterochrony
   
Ch. 20
24.
12/5
M
 Molecular evolution 
   RESEARCH PAPER DUE
   
Ch. 19
 
12/7
W
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS     
 
 
12/12
M
(Student presentations, cont'd.)      
25.
12/14
W
Human issues and conclusion    
 
12/19
M
FINAL EXAM, 8:00 AM
(Comprehensive)
   
 
 
 
Notes: 
  1. It is strongly recommended that chapters be read before the class for which they are assigned.
  2. The professor is available at any time by appointment:
    E-mail david.fitch@nyu.edu 
    or call 998-8254. 
  3. For more information on the research paper and student presentations, click here.
  4. Grading:
    10% based on 3 or 4 Quizzes
    30% based on Midterm Exam 
    30% based on Student Papers and Presentations 
    30% based on Final Exam
 
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