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 email me.  Depending on 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 presentation.
    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 (the Article (as pdf))

1/26  Meiosis:  How are genetically unique offspring produced by sexual reproduction?

1/28  Meiosis:  Sexual vs Asexual Reproduction  (see textbook sections:  12.1-.3)

1/30  Sexual Dimorphism

2/2  Inheritance of Single Genes

2/4  Inheritance of Multiple Genes, Using Probability, and Linkage Maps

2/6  Inheritance:  Codominance, Incomplete Dominance, Sex and Sex-linked genes, and Mitochondrial DNA

2/9  Nature and Nurture

quiz for lectures 2/4-9 (as pdf)
End of Material for Exam 1

2/13  Monogamy

2/16  Evolution:  What is it?

2/18  Evolution:  who, what, how?

2/20  Evolution:  the environment, genetic drift, and bottlenecks

2/23  Human Evolution:  Using DNA to look at the evolution of H. sapiens

2/25  Human Evolution and Race: Are we genetically predisposed to be racist?

2/27  Evolution, Phylogeny, and an Introduction to Plants

3/2  Plant Evolution:  How have plants adapted to land?

3/4  Plant Transport:  xylem and phloem

3/6  Plants, Wood, and Biofuels

quiz for lectures 3/4-6 (as pdf)
End of Material for Exam #2

3/11  Plants Responses to the Environment:  light, phytochrome, touch, and herbivory

3/13  Plants Responses to the Environment:  light setting patterns, flowering and circadian rhythms

3/23  Flowering Plant Reproduction and Self-Incompatibility

3/25  Plant Responses to Stress and Genetically Modified Crops

3/27  Introduction to Animals and Electrical Signals in Neurons

3/30  Synapses. Sensory Neurons, and Movement

4/1  The Immune System

4/3  More Immune System

quiz for lectures 4/1-3 (as pdf)
End of Material for Exam #3

4/8  Circulation and Respiraton

4/13  Nutrition and Digestion

4/15  Grizzly Bears

4/17  Introduction to Ecology

4/20  Carrying Capacities and Biodiversity

4/22  How serious is the biodiversity crisis, and how many animals do we want to save?

4/24  Succession and Chernobyl

4/27  Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone NP

pre-exam 4 quiz  (as pdf (answers here))

End of Material for Exam #4

5/1  Global Climate Change

5/4  Global Climate Change and its Connection to Human Conflict

5/6  Restoring Disturbed Habitats

5/8  Emergence

quiz for lectures 5/6-9 (as pdf)

End of Semester