The course calendar is also available as a Google Calendar: link

Discussion groups can be found here. The person first in each list will be the discussion group leader. The second person in each list will be the designated note-taker (responsible for updating the study guide). All group members are expected to participate every week.

For the official list of readings and questions, click here

Oct 31

Nov 7

Philosophy of Biology, Dr. Carlos Mariscal

What is a Species?
Ereshefsky, M. (1992). Eliminative pluralism. Philosophy of Science, 59(4), 671-690. Optional: Mishler, B. D., & Brandon, R. N. (1987). Individuality, pluralism, and the phylogenetic species concept. Biology and Philosophy, 2(4), 397-414.

The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
Laland, K., Wray, G. A., & Hoekstra, H. E. (2014). Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?. Nature, 514(7521), 161. Optional: Laland, K. N., Uller, T., Feldman, M. W., Sterelny, K., Müller, G. B., Moczek, A., … & Odling-Smee, J. (2015, August). The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions. In Proc. R. Soc. B (Vol. 282, No. 1813, p. 20151019). The Royal Society. Optional: Booth, A., Mariscal, C., & Doolittle, W. F. (2016). The modern synthesis in the light of microbial genomics. Annual review of microbiology, 70, 279-297.

Understanding Function in DNA
Graur, D., Zheng, Y., Price, N., Azevedo, R. B., Zufall, R. A., & Elhaik, E. (2013). On the immortality of television sets:“function” in the human genome according to the evolution-free gospel of ENCODE. Genome biology and evolution, 5(3), 578-590. Optional: Doolittle, W. F., Brunet, T. D., Linquist, S., & Gregory, T. R. (2014). Distinguishing between “function” and “effect” in genome biology. Genome biology and evolution, 6(5), 1234-1237. Optional: Graur, D., Zheng, Y., & Azevedo, R. B. (2015). An evolutionary classification of genomic function. Genome biology and evolution, 7(3), 642-645.

Dec 5

Final Study Session

Dec 12

Final exam

noon-3pm, MS 227

Closed book (except for one note-sheet); 8 short essays, ~300 words each (max 600 words), with questions chosen from a pool constructed as follows: from each of the 25 topics, I will pick 1-2 questions (so you’ll see a list of ca. 40 questions); I’ll divide that list roughly into three parts (beginning, middle and end of the semester), and you’ll have to pick 3 questions from the first, 3 questions from the middle and 2 questions from the end.

In other words, you have a ton of choice, but you also can’t completely ignore some section of the course!

Although the exam is “closed book” and closed-internet, you can bring one sheet (8.5 x 11) of written notes, with writing on front and back.

I will email you the exam via webcampus at the start of the exam period. Please type your answers directly underneath the questions that you have chosen, and (when you’re all finished) please delete the questions that you have not answered.