Reconstructing the Tree of Life (University of Chicago, BIOS23404/EVOL35401)

For upper-level undergraduates. An introduction to the “tree of life” (phylogeny): its conceptual origins, methods for discovering its structure, and its importance in evolutionary biology and other areas of science. Topics include historical context and concepts, sources of data, methods of phylogenetic analysis, and the use of phylogenies to study the tempo and mode of phenotypic and genetic evolution, lineage diversification, coevolution, biogeography, conservation, molecular biology, development, and epidemiology.

Phylogenetic comparative methods (University of Chicago, EVOL35300)

Graduate seminar about the uses of phylogenetic trees in evolution and ecology, emphasizing historical inference of phenotypic traits, geographic ranges, and community ecology. The syllabus is tailored to focus on topics of student interest and research, from model assumptions and statistical underpinnings to practical implementation of methods. Meetings include lectures on main topics, discussions of primary literature, tutorials on and opportunities to work hands-on with software.