I will update this page regularly with specific
topics for upcoming lectures, and then the Powerpoint presentations
that I use in class will be
uploaded each afternoon after class. Sometimes I forget. If
you need to access a presentation, and I have not posted it yet, please
your browser, you may view them on-line or download them and view them
on your computer. Please keep in mind that these figures act as a
jumping off point for teaching and discussing in class, and there may
be information that was discussed in class that did not have an
accompanying figure. Click on the dates to access the
A few days before each lecture, I will post the
specific parts of the textbook and/or articles that I will base the
lectures on. I do not promise to
cover everything in these sections, but if you want to read before
lecture, this will give you the areas to focus on. Test material
will come from what is presented in lecture.
1/21 Introduction to Class
1/23 Strong Inference (article on
1/26 What is a gene?
1/28 How is information
extracted from DNA to make proteins?
1/30 What are genes roles in
2/2 How does evolution occur,
and who evolves?
2/4 Where did Homo sapiens come from?
2/6 Human Evolution and
Race: Are we genetically predisposed to be racist?
2/9 Nature and Nurture: What
determines traits such as BMI, IQ, reproductive strategy, and more...?
2/8 More Nature and Nurture
End of Material for Exam #1
2/16 Evolution and
Ecology: H. floresiensis
2/20 Ecology: What
happens as populations approach their carrying capacity?
What is it, and what can increase or derease it?
2/25 The Reintroduction of Wolves
to Yellowstone NP
2/27 Succession and
3/2 What has happened
to the non-human inhabitants around Chernobyl?
3/4 Competition between
End of Material for Exam #2
3/9 Global Climate Change
3/11 Global Climate
Change: Energy use, Biofuels, and Food
3/13 Global Climate Change
and the Conflict in Darfur
3/23 Restoration Ecology
3/25 How many animals do
we want to save?
3/27 In class exercise: What can you do to help non-humans?
3/30 How different are the
mental capabilities of humans compared to non-human animals?
4/1 Animal Research
4/3 Genetically Engineered
4/6 Genetically Engineered
quiz for discussions week of 4/6
End of Material for Exam #3
4/13 Environmental Toxins: DDT
4/15 Overpopulaton: disease
and population reductions
4/22 Invasive Species
5/1 Grizzly Bears
pre-exam 4 quiz (as pdf)
End of Material for Exam #4
End of Semester