Instructors: Harold P. de Vladar*, Nick Barton, Eörs Szathmáry, Bill Martin and Tecumseh Fitch.
The course is targeted for an audience of 5-20 young scientists (advanced graduate students, early postdocs). They should have previous basic knowledge on evolutionary biology. The course will not be heavily mathematical but occasionally there will be some formal analyses. However the mathematical knowledge required should be standard for any graduate student of related areas to evolutionary biology.
Consequently, there no special pre-requisite for this course. We will make a direct jump into how to understand the origin and evolution of complex organism -or parts of them.
This course is a complement to basic curricula of Evolutionary Biology and should be considered as an advanced course.
The attendants should be at least familiar with the notions of selection, evolution cell biology and domains of life. Knowledge of math and chemistry is useful but not mandatory.
Most of the course is conceptual in the sense that it will be based on classroom discussions. However, several "field trips" (not really: rounds in the museum) will complement and enhance the knowledge and experience.
By the end of the course, students and attendants should have learnt:
This course is a collaboration between IST Austria and the Natural History Museum Vienna.
There will be substantial amounts of reading.
There will be four methods of evaluation:
You should not worry about grades but about learning.
|May 3rd, 2017||16:45-18:15||Introduction to the Major Transitions||HPdV|
|May 10th, 2017||16:45-18:15||Types of transitions||ESz|
|May 16th, 2017||11:00-13:00||Origins of Life||WFM|
|13:30-15:00||Origin of the genetic code||HPdV|
|May 24th, 2017||16:45-18:15||Origin of sex and syngamy||NB|
|May 31st, 2017||16:45-18:15||Eukaryotic cells||HPdV|
|June 7th, 2017||16:45-18:15||Multicellularity||HPdV|
|June 14th, 2017||16:45-18:15||Origins of Language||TF|
|June 21st, 2017||16:45-18:15||Final Evaluation I||HPdV|
|18:30-20:00||Final Evaluation II||HPdV|
|Read: Maynard Smith & Szathmáry (1995) Ch. 1 AND Szathmáry and Maynard Smith (1995)||03/05|
|Read: Maynard Smith & Szathmáry (1995) Chs. 3.4, 4.1-4.3, 4.6||10/05|
|Discuss: Examples of innovation by gene duplication||10/05|
|Read: Maynard Smith & Szathmáry (1995) Reminder Ch.3 and Chs. 5&6||16/05|
|Hand in: Summary sheet for Origin of replicators||16/05|
|Read: Maynard Smith & Szathmáry (1995) Ch. 7.9 and 9||24/05|
|Read: Barton et al. Evolution textbook Ch. 23||24/05|
|Hand in: Summary sheet for Origin of Metabolism||24/05|
|Hand in: Summary sheet for Origin of the Genetic Code||24/05|
|Hand in: Exercise of codon replacement||24/05|
|Read: Maynard Smith & Szathmáry (1995) Ch. 8||31/05|
|Hand in: Summary sheet for Origin and Evolution of Sex||31/05|
|Hand in: Museum exercise report||31/05|
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