BIOL 443 – Evo-Devo: Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms (3 credits, Spring)

Course Description: Evolution & Development (Evo-devo) is an interdisciplinary field that combines developmental biology, comparative genetics and genomics, and evolutionary theory to understand how organisms have attained diversity in form. While the field of developmental biology aims to understand how a given organism develops, evo-devo focuses on how these developmental mechanisms are modified by genetic changes to create the phenotypic variation observed across life. Course instruction involves a combination of lectures on major principles in this field and discussion of several case studies from the primary literature.