BSCI 222 - Principles of Genetics (Fall semester)

This core course in the undergraduate curriculum covers genetic principles including Mendelian genetics, DNA structure, function, and expression, and population genetics. I make a special effort to relate genetics to important individual decisions, and to the relationship between genetics and society. Syllabus


BSCI 338K - Genetic Research on Cichlid Fishes (Spring semester)

This course introduces students to the principles and practice of laboratory reserach in genetics. Small groups of students will develop original research projects to identify the genetic basis of variation in morphology, pigmentation, sex determination and behavior among species of cichlid fish from Lake Malawi, Africa. Lectures will cover fish husbandry, developmental staging, bioinformatics and basic molecular biology. At the end of the semester students will present their results in a public forum on campus, and hopefully also in peer-reviewed journals. Permission of the instructor is required, and an application must be completed for admission tto the class..

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BIOL708J - Genomic Approaches in Ecology and Evolution (Not currently taught)

In this gradate class we explore the opportunities for using genomic techniques to study long-standing questions in ecology and evolutionary biology. We always cover the basic techniques, but we pair it with a different set of questions each year. In 2009 the focus was on the evolution of sex determination. Syllabus




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