Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior

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Overview

This course presents the principles of evolution, ecology, and behavior for students beginning their study of biology and of the environment. It discusses major ideas and results in a manner accessible to all Yale College undergraduates. Recent advances have energized these fields with results that have implications well beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens.

27 hours of video.

36 lectures.

Reading assignments and 2 midterms with answer keys.

Course books

Professor

Stephen C. Stearns is the Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and specializes in life history evolution and evolutionary medicine. He was educated at Yale, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of British Columbia. His books include Evolution, an Introduction; Watching from the Edge of Extinction; and The Evolution of Life Histories, and he is the editor of Evolution in Health and Disease and The Evolution of Sex and Its Consequences. He founded and has served as president of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology and the Tropical Biology Association.

 

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EEB 122: Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior by Stephen C. Stearns is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://oyc.yale.edu/ecology-and-evolutionary-biology/eeb-122.

Course content

  • Lecture 1 - The Nature of Evolution: Selection, Inheritance, and History

  • Lecture 2 - Basic Transmission Genetics

  • Lecture 3 - Adaptive Evolution: Natural Selection

  • Lecture 4 - Neutral Evolution: Genetic Drift

  • Lecture 5 - How Selection Changes the Genetic Composition of Population

  • Lecture 6 - The Origin and Maintenance of Genetic Variation

  • Lecture 7 - The Importance of Development in Evolution

  • Lecture 8 - The Expression of Variation: Reaction Norms

  • Lecture 9 - The Evolution of Sex

  • Lecture 10 - Genomic Conflict

  • Lecture 11 - Life History Evolution

  • Lecture 12 - Sex Allocation

  • Lecture 13 - Sexual Selection

  • Lecture 14 - Species and Speciation

  • Lecture 15 - Phylogeny and Systematics

  • Lecture 16 - Comparative Methods: Trees, Maps, and Traits

  • Lecture 17 - Key Events in Evolution

  • Lecture 18 - Major Events in the Geological Theatre

  • Lecture 19 - The Fossil Record and Life's History

  • Lecture 20 - Coevolution

  • Lecture 21 - Evolutionary Medicine

  • Exam 1 - Midterm Exam 1

  • Lecture 22 - The Impact of Evolutionary Thought on the Social Sciences

  • Lecture 23 - The Logic of Science

  • Lecture 24 - Climate and the Distribution of Life on Earth

  • Lecture 25 - Interactions with the Physical Environment

  • Lecture 26 - Population Growth: Density Effects

  • Lecture 27 - Interspecific Competition

  • Lecture 28 - Ecological Communities

  • Lecture 29 - Island Biogeography and Invasive Species

  • Lecture 30 - Energy and Matter in Ecosystems

  • Lecture 31 - Why So Many Species? The Factors Affecting Biodiversity

  • Lecture 32 - Economic Decisions for the Foraging Individual

  • Lecture 33 - Evolutionary Game Theory: Fighting and Contests

  • Lecture 34 - Mating Systems and Parental Care

  • Lecture 35 - Alternative Breeding Strategies

  • Lecture 36 - Selfishness and Altruism

  • Exam 2 - Midterm Exam 2

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