School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Evolutionary Genetics

Module code: BIO221

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Friday 9 am - 11 am
  • Semester 2: Weeks 16: Thursday 2 pm - 3 pm
    Off-Campus Visit
  • Semester 1: Weeks 7: Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
    IT Class
  • Semester 1: Weeks 11: Thursday 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 11: Thursday 4 pm - 6 pm

Contact: Prof Richard Nichols
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: BIO113, BIO163

Prerequisites: Evolution (SBS110) and Heredity and Gene Action (SBS008). This module provides an overview of the evolution of sex, and covers the following topics: Genetic diversity (eg cheetahs in Africa, gulls in Britain, Partula in the Pacific); reconstructing evolutionary history from genetic data; the geographic distribution of Cepaea genes (eg neutralism, frequency dependence in selection, founder events, environmental grain); pre- and post zygotic reproductive isolation, speciation illustrated by Hawaiian Drosophil; Polyploidy (eg occurrence, barriers and consequences); DNA amount (eg variability and ecological effects); meiotic and mitotic defects, tri and monosomies; B chromosomes; 'parasitic' chromosomes; and the evolution of the human genome.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 5