Genome 453   J. Felsenstein
Evolutionary Genetics   Autumn, 2009

Syllabus

These readings are still approximate, because for some recent editions of these books I am working from the Table of Contents at the publisher's web sites, so I just cite chapters. When I get to go through the actual books I will make the page references more exact.

Date Topic Readings
     
9/30-10/2 History of genetics in evolution Futuyma: Chap. 1
    Ridley: Chap. 1, 2.8
    F&H3: Box 2.1, Chap. 2 (passim) (i.e. here and there)
    Greene, passim
    Barton: Chap. 1
     
10/5-10/14 Elements of population genetics H&C: Chaps. 2-6
    Futuyma: Chaps. 9, 12
    Gillespie: Chaps. 1-3
    Ridley: Chaps. 5-6
    F&H3: Chaps. 4, 5, 6
    Graur & Li: Chap. 2
    Barton: Chaps. 12, 13, 15-18
     
     
10/19-10/21 Quantitative genetics H&C: Chap. 8
    Futuyma: Chap. 13
    Ridley: Chap. 9
    Gillespie: Chap. 6
    F&H3: Chap. 8
    Barton: Chap. 14
     
10/23-10/28    Kin and species selection, H&C: Chap. 5 (later part)
  punctuated equilibrium, etc. Futuyma: Chaps. 14, 4 (later part), 21
    Ridley: 8.12, 8.13, Chaps. 12, 20
    F&H3: 11.1
    Barton: Chaps. 21, 10
     
10/30-11/2 Molecular variation H&C: Chaps. 4, 7
    Futuyma: Chap. 10
    Ridley: 145-146
    Gillespie: middle of Chap. 2 again
    F&H3: 4.4, 14.1, 4.2
    Barton: Chap. 13
     
11/4 Midterm exam Some or all of the above
     
11/6-11/18 Molecular evolution Graur & Li, chaps. 3-5
    H&C: Chap. 7
    Ridley: Chaps. 7, 10
    Futuyma: Chaps. 2, 19 pp. 468-470
    Gillespie: pp. 32-40
    F&H3: 19.3
    Barton: Chap. 27 (on-line, not in book)
     
11/20-11/23 Coalescent trees of genes H&C: in Chap. 3, start at "Gene trees and coalescence"
    Gillespie: pp. 40-47
    Futuyma: Chap. 10 pages 227-228, 241-243, also p. 291, p. 391
    F&H: pp. 752-759
    Barton pp. 420-432, 541, 731-733
     
11/25-12/2 Chromosome evolution Futuyma: pp. 181-185, pp. 369-370, pp. 396-399 end)
    Stebbins, Chaps. 1,4,5
    F&H3: 4.2, 4.3
    Barton: pp. 375-378
    Ridley: 2.4, 3.6, 4.5, 16.10
     
12/4-12/11 Evolution of genetic systems Futuyma: Chap. 17 pp. 416-426
    Gillespie: Chap. 7
    F&H3: pp. 274-285, Box 11.3 p. 434
    Barton: Chap. 23
    Maynard Smith & Szathmary: Chap. 9, parts of Chap. 10
    Ridley: 4.5, 8-9-8.11,11.3,11.5
    Barton: Chap. 23

There will be review sessions, one before each of the exams, at which you can ask questions. These will be scheduled by agreement between the class and me.


The final exam will be on Wednesday, December 16, 2:30-4:30 pm   in the lecture room. (Comment -- that is the time and date that is assigned by the University's scheduling system, in order to avoid conflicts between exams of different classes. Please keep it in mind when making your December break plans. )


Abbreviations for authors of books (see the list at our web pages of Books on Reserve at OUGL):

H&C: Hartl and Clark (4th ed.)
F&H3: Freeman and Herron (3rd ed.)

Readings for Graur and Li are for either 1st or 2nd edition.


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Class Web site
http://evolution.gs.washington.edu/gs453/2009/index.html
(if you forget this, you can find it through Courses in the Genome Sciences Department site which can be found as a Medical School department from the main UW page.)