How do animals work?
Spring 2013
Tues., Fri. 10:10 am - noon
Wed. lab 8:30 am - 11:30 am
betsy sherman
dickinson 108


The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

mechanisms, speciation, isolating mechanisms,adaptation
Evolution website at UC Berkeley
Importance of mutations1
Importance of mutations2
Beneficial mutations
Regulating evolution
The Peppered Moth-revisited-Ken Miller
          short video: peppered moth
Finch evolution
          short video: diversity in finches of the Galapagos
Heritability problem  show your work; make graphs by hand and label axes
Speciation of Amazonian rats
       Spiny rat question
Unclassified, the species question
Opposition to evolution

diversity of animals; taxonomy and evolutionary relationships
Tree of life
Uprooting the tree of life
Origin of form
Origin of segmentation
University of California Museum of Paleontology
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology--superb site: phylogeny, characteristics and photos
Test your knowledge of animal diversity Cornell University
Betsy's animal phylogeny ppt

Animal Diversity 1
Animal Diversity 2
Animal Diversity 3

E.O. Wilson on conservation

laws of thermodynamics
    bean simulation
relationship to life on planet
    Sustaining the variety of life
physiology of homeostasis
regulation of body function
     properties of water
     ice simulation
    temperature regulation 1-by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
    temperature regulation 2-by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
    Evolution of fever
    Thermoregulation in bees
    Frozen and alive
osmoregulation Frogs and toads of the desert
water and solute movement
excretory systems
A long drink of water

    Bugs and the brain
    sociality and the evolution of altruism
            Units of selection-from: Goldsmith and Zimmerman
            Kin recognition
            Animal economics
            Orangutan intelligence

Social Cognition and the Evolution of Language: Constructing Cognitive Phylogenies 2010

    finding a mate

the size of things


Readings will be taken from the literature and from reliable scientific sites on the internet.  Several introductory biology texts are on reserve in the library and I can recommend texts for those students who want a text for reference.

Students are expected to come to class prepared, having read the assignment carefully so that they can participate in discussions. Attendance is required. There is no particular number of classes that you are permitted to miss. If I feel that your commitment to the work is insufficient, you will be asked to leave. Do not be late for class as it disrupts all of us. Students will write two or three essay problem sets. From time to time, I may give a brief quiz on the assigned reading at the beginning of a class. Late papers will not be accepted. All of the assigned work must be completed in order to pass this course. If you must miss a class it is your responsibility to get the assignment and come to the next class prepared. Please do not email me or leave phone messages for trivial matters (e.g. is it ok for me to be late...can you put the assignment in my box...etc.). Please check my office hours (posted outside my office, Dickinson 108) or make an appointment with me at the end of class. 
-attend lab and maintain lab notebook

-submit research proposal before midterm-due in lab ?

-conduct research project

-2 or 3 essay exams: late papers not accepted

-presentation and poster on research (instructions for poster)

Ideas for Research Projects