Larry M. Frolich, Ph.D.




Biodiversity Showcase Presentations

Class Board Notes and Drawings


Text--first three chapters (from Google Books)

Text--Chapter Four 

Biodiversity Showcases

(2014 sites)

Course Logistics, General Resources




  Part I.  The Historical Record of Evolution
May 10  

Overview of Evolutionary Biology

Text Chapters:  1, 2, 3

May 12

The Origin of Life and Prokaryotes

Text Chapters: 4, 5

Text--Chapter Four 

May 17

Origin of Eukaryotes and Snowball Earths

Text Chapters: 6, 7, 8

May 19

Evolution of Multicellularity

Evolution of Plants, Animals and Fungii

Text Chapters: 9, 10, 11

May 24

Human Evolution

Text Chapters: 25, 26

May 26

EXAM ONE--History of Life


All material from Part I


   Part II.  Evolutionary Processes
May 31


Text Chapters:  12, 13, 14

June 2

Constraining Variability (natural selection and other forces)

Text Chapters: 17, 18, 19

June 7

Competition and Cooperation

Text Chapters: 21

June 9

Species Concepts and Speciation

Text Chapters: 22

June 14

Evolutionary Innovation

Evolution of Genetic and Developmental Pathways (“evo-devo”)

Text Chapters: 23, 24

Text Chapters: 9, 11

June 16

EXAM TWO--Process of Evolution


All material from Part II


"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."  

                                                                                                   --Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

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