|BIOL.111||Comparative Vertebrate and Human Anatomy|
Offered Every Spring Semester. Next Offered: Spring 2014
During the Vertebrate and Human Comparative Anatomy Course, students will be introduced to vertebrate anatomy. The lecture component will focus on the development and evolution of anatomy, examine the diversity of structures possessed by vertebrates, how these structures are used and function, and how they relate to one another. The laboratory component will give the students a hands-on experience with anatomy. The labs will focus on dissection of the shark and cat, with material from a diversity of vertebrates available for comparison and evolutionary context. The course assumes that students are familiar with general biology, and knowledge of evolution is recommended, although not required.
Offered Every Other Fall Semester. Next Offered: Fall 2013
During the herpetology course, students will be introduced to the diversity and biology of amphibians and “reptiles”. The lecture component will have a global and diverse focus, covering topics of phylogenetics, the origin and evolution of amphibians and reptiles, the global diversity of these taxa, and their biogeography, biology, ecology and conservation. In the laboratory component, students will learn to identify amphibians and reptiles, the anatomy of these taxa, and some field techniques that are useful for studying them. The course assumes that students are familiar with basic evolutionary theory and general biology, and that they are proficient in writing.
Offered every other Fall Semester. Next Offered: Fall 2014
During the Advanced Biostatistics course, students will build on knowledge gained in Introductory Biostatistics by learning more advanced techniques, learning to read about biostatistics in the primary literature, and analyzing real biological data, often collected in research labs in Clark's Biology Department. Students will cover topics including experimental design, dealing with multiple comparisons, different types of regression, advanced ANOVA designs, ANCOVA, MANOVA, principle component analysis, discriminant function analysis, resampling methods, model selection in a maximum likelihood framework, Bayesian inference, and a range of phylogenetic statistics. Most analyses will be done in [R], a free, open source statistical computation software. Prior experience with statistics is mandatory.
|BIOL.2XX/3XX||Scientific Careers & Effective Practice|
New Course, to be Offered: Spring 2014
Targeted for Senior undergraduate and graduate students, this course will explore how science works and how it can be done with maximum rigor and effectiveness. It will also address ethical considerations in doing science, how to disseminate research findings (including at conferences and by writing), how to secure funding for research (including grant writing), and how to successfully apply for academic and non-academic science jobs. Although short lectures will be given on some topics, the course will be highly focused on discussion. Students will also write a curriculum vitae or resume, write a grant proposal, do a literautre search, and give an oral presentation.
Last Offered: Spring 2013
Students will explore the functional morphology of locomotion in animals (both invertebrate and vertebrate). The material that students will learn will integrate metabolism and physiology with morphology and ecology. Students will learn how components of the locomotor system work individually, and from the perspective of the organism. The underlying basic physics of how locomotion happens will also be considered. Students will present chapters from the textbook, discuss recently published research articles related to the textbook chapters, and write a term paper that will be a literature review on an aspect of locomotion that particularly fascinates each student. Students will learn to communicate effectively using written, oral, and visual presentation, and to think critically about material they learn about.
|BIOL.243/343||Seminar in Evolution: From DNA to Diversity|
Last Offered: Spring 2012
During this seminar course we will be reading the book "From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design" by Carroll, Grenier and Weatherbee (2004), and a combination of recent primary literature. The idea is to broaden the material covered in the book to consider how the evolution developmental genetics has mediated the evolution of phenotypes, and in turn, organismal function and ecology. The idea is to consider how these different scales of inquiry are related. Students will present material covered in the book and papers orally and using Powerpoint presentations. They will also be writing a term paper which will be a case study of well-studied systems where these connections have been worked out at least partially. Students should have a background in Evolution and basic knowledge of genetics and ecology. A proficiency in writing is expected.