“Microbial Evolution” (OEB 192), Fall 2011, Christopher Marx, Harvard University

Lecture Style
Given that this class of 10-15 is part synthesis and part discussion, I have taught my lectures in a pseudo-chalk talk style by writing on top of a .pptx file with my tablet PC (same can be done with Keynote and an iPad). I have found that this keeps the lectures lively while still showing actual data/images, slows me down, and allows me to post and archive what I’ve talked about.

This lecture course of 10-15 students ranging from upper-level undergraduates to graduate students examines of the evolution of microbes through an integration of lectures and discussion of primary literature. We focus on a series of broad questions for which we draw upon knowledge from both lab-based study of experimental microcosms and comparative studies of natural populations. Notably, students conduct their own experimental evolution projects using ‘digital organisms’.
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“Experimental Evolutionary Ecology” (Biology 481), Fall 2011, Ben Kerr, University of Washington
This course is designed to give upper division undergraduates and beginning graduate students hands-on experience in the field of experimental evolutionary ecology. The course is composed of lectures and labs. The lectures will introduce some of the current “big questions” in ecology and evolution that are experimentally tractable. The labs will be devoted to designing, running and analyzing various experiments. Students will read the primary scientific literature in order to gain a better understanding of how experimental approaches have been used to explore ecological and evolutionary phenomena. In the labs, students (in groups of four or five) will conduct experiments in the laboratory to investigate wide-ranging issues (such as the evolution of bacterial antibiotic resistance, bacterial tradeoffs and competition, and coevolution of pathogens and their hosts). Grades will be based on weekly quizzes, lab reports, and a single final group presentation.

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