Bio 311D, Spring 2010
    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.  Textbook chapters and figures refer to the textbook, "Biology" by Campbell et al. (2008).

1/20  Introduction to Class

1/22  Strong Inference (the Article (as pdf))

1/25  How does meiosis generate genetic diversity?

1/27  More Meiosis and Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction

1/29  Sexual Dimorphism

Presented in discussion(week of 1/25):  What is in a scientific article (as a pdf)?

2/1  Mendelian Inheritance

2/3  Codominance, Incomplete Dominance, Sex-Linked Traits, and Non-Nuclear DNA

2/5  mtDNA and Linkage Maps

2/8  Nature and Nurture
End of Material for Exam #1

2/12  Selfish DNA:  Transposons and Memes

2/15  What is Evolution?

2/17  Evolution by Natural Selection

2/19  Types of Selection and Randomness- Genetic Drift and Bottleneck

2/22  Evolution and Phylogeny

2/24  The Human Evolution and Racism

2/26  Introduction to Plants (and in class phylogeny exercise)

3/1  Plant Evolution

3/3  Plant Transport

3/5  Plants as Biofuel
(pre-exam #2 quiz (as pdf))
End of Material for Exam #2

3/10  Plants Responses to Light, Touch, and Herbivory

3/12  Regulation of Flowering (and plant scavenger hunt)

3/22  Flowering Plant Reproduction

3/24  Genetically Modified Plants

3/26  Introduction to Animals

3/29  How Neurons Work

3/31  Animal Sensing and Moving
You should watch these animations about neurons:,,
And this muscle contraction animation:

4/2  Animal Movement and the Immune System (non-specific and B-cells)

4/5  Animal Immune System II (T-cells, memory B-cells, and vaccines)
End of Material for Exam #3

4/9  Animal Nutrition and Digestive System

4/12  Animal Circulation and Respiration

4/14  Grizzly Bears

4/16  Introduction to Ecology

4/19  Carrying Capacity and Biodiversity

4/21 Interspecies Competition and How many individuals do we want to save?

4/26 The Reintroduction of Wolves to Yellowstone NP
Quiz answers for wolf questions (pdf)
End of Material for Exam #4

4/30 What is Global Climate Change?

5/3 Global Climate Change and Darfur (I will cover the last few slides of this lecture at the beginning of class on W 5/5.)

5/5 Succession and Restoration Ecology (see textbook sections 56.1 and 56.4)

5/7 More Restoration Ecology
End of Material for the Semester