Evolution & Ecology
Biology 3133
Instructor: C. Ray Chandler

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  Over the past 3.5 billion years, life on earth has diversified from simple prokaryotic cells to millions of species of all shapes and sizes. It is evolution (genetic change in populations through time) that explains how this change has occurred and ecology (interactions between organisms and their environment) that helps us understand why living things have diversified as they have. This is a core course for biology majors because all fields of biology are unified and enriched by an understanding of evolution and ecology. Furthermore, at a time when the teaching of evolution in public schools is still controversial and human population growth is causing profound change in ecosystems around the world, Evolution & Ecology is an important part of a liberal arts education.
This course is an introduction to the principles of evolution and ecology for biology majors. It is a required course in the biology curriculum at Georgia Southern University. Lecture topics include basic population and mendelian genetics, population growth, mechanisms of evolution, species interactions, speciation and macroevolution, community ecology, and ecosystems. The emphasis is on how evolutionary change can shape organisms to meet ecological problems. Upon completing this course, students will have a firm understanding of how evolution and ecology interact to produce the diversity of organisms we see around us.  

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