Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior

Yale Course , Spring 2009 , Prof. Stephen C. Stearns

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Overview

The Nature of Evolution: Selection, Inheritance, and History - Basic Transmission Genetics - Adaptive Evolution: Natural Selection - Neutral Evolution: Genetic Drift - How Selection Changes the Genetic Composition of Population - The Origin and Maintenance of Genetic Variation - The Importance of Development in Evolution - The Expression of Variation: Reaction Norms - The Evolution of Sex - Genomic Conflict - Life History Evolution - Sex Allocation - Sexual Selection - Species and Speciation - Phylogeny and Systematics - Comparative Methods: Trees, Maps, and Traits - Key Events in Evolution - Major Events in the Geological Theatre - The Fossil Record and Life's History - Coevolution - Evolutionary Medicine - The Impact of Evolutionary Thought on the Social Sciences - The Logic of Science - Climate and the Distribution of Life on Earth - Interactions with the Physical Environment - Population Growth: Density Effects - Interspecific Competition - Ecological Communities - Island Biogeography and Invasive Species - Energy and Matter in Ecosystems - Why So Many Species? The Factors Affecting Biodiversity - Economic Decisions for the Foraging Individual - Evolutionary Game Theory: Fighting and Contests - Mating Systems and Parental Care - Alternative Breeding Strategies - Selfishness and Altruism

Lecture 14: Species and Speciation

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        Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122) Speciation is the process through which species diverge from each other andor from a common ancestor. There are several definitions of species, most of which focus on reproductive isolation andor phylogenetic similarities. This can cause some controversy. Speciation can result from geographical separation or ecological specialization. There are stages of speciation in which organisms cluster first into distinct populations before finally becoming different species. 0000 - Chapter 1. Introduction 0338 - Chapter 2. Diversity and How Speciation Happens 1713 - Chapter 3. Concepts and Criteria of Speciation 2604 - Chapter 4. The Genetics of Speciation 3441 - Chapter 5. Mechanics and Examples of Speciation 4030 - Chapter 6. Experiments, Applications, and Cryptic Species 4809 - Chapter 7. Summary Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses This course was recorded in Spring 2009.


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