BIOL 4602 Evolutionary Applications Across Disciplines: From Medicine to Conservation

Evolutionary principles contributing to advancements across fields including medicine, agriculture, conservation, climate change, engineering and computation. Topics include evolution of virulence, causes of variation in human health, evolution of resistance to pesticides, interventions for recovery of species at risk, biomimetic modeling in engineering and architecture, and evolutionary algorithms in machine learning/artificial intelligence.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1104 and third-year standing. Lectures/workshops three hours per week.

BIOL 3611 Evolutionary Ecology

The term “adaptation” is meaningful only with respect to an ecological context. Ecological contexts lead to evolutionary outcomes such as diverse mating systems, ageing, sexual reproduction, sexual dimorphism, geographic variation, phenotypic plasticity, and diverse life histories. Lectures 3 hours per week; field excursion.

BIOL 3601 Ecosystems and Environmental Change

Exploration of the unique contribution of the ecosystem approach to ecology, and of early key literature in ecosystem ecology through to current work on global environmental change. Lectures 3 hours per week; laboratories with one field trip.

BIOL 4908 Honours Research Thesis

An independent research project undertaken in the field and/or the laboratory, under the direct supervision of a faculty adviser. Evaluation is based on a written thesis and a poster presentation.

BIOL 4901 Directed Special Studies

Independent or group study, open to third- and fourth-year students to explore a particular topic, in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. May include directed reading, written assignments, tutorials, laboratory or field work.