Evolution and Marine Diversity

Course Dates

June 27, 2018 to July 16, 2018

Prerequisites

None. This course is limited to 25 students who are either: a) matriculated students at Cornell, UNH or at any 4-year college or university; or b) incoming freshmen who will arrive at Cornell or UNH in fall 2016.

Equivalent Note

Cornell students: this course is equivalent to BioEE 1780.

Cornell students, this course fulfills the following requirements (just like BioEE 1780): 

Course Description

Shoals EMD students learning from their TA in Palmer-Kinne Lab Appledore Island (photo by Jan Factor).

Evolution and Marine Diversity "EMD" students learning from their TA in Palmer-Kinne Lab. (photo by Jan Factor)

Patterns of diversity and processes of evolution. Topics include the diversity of life, the fossil record, macroevolutionary patterns, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, and human evolution. Field exercises and laboratory work are emphasized.

"This course is a unique blend of small class size, field and lab work, and incredible opportunities including the whale watching and intertidal projects.  There is a great emphasis on marine organisms, and the best opportunity to work with them in the field as you learn about them. You work closely with the staff, and even get a taste of the socratic method thanks to the small class size." -(Anthony Teng, SML '16, Cornell '18)

Faculty

Dr. Warren Allmon:

Director Paleontological Research Instituition at the Museum of the Earth; Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology at Cornell University

Dr. Jan Factor:

Professor, School of Natural and Social Science, Purchase College SUNY

Dr. Matt Hare:

Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

Status

Open

Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1780 (4 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 530 (4 Credits)