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BIOL 565. Principles of Phylogenetics

Department: Biology
Description: Taxonomy, Linnaean system & codes of nomenclature, homology and character analysis, history of systematics, systematic principles, optimality criteria, divergence-time estimation, character evolution, biogeography, macroevolution.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Summarize the history of taxonomic classifications and the rules of nomenclature
2. Demonstrate phylogenetic approaches to classification
3. Apply the principle of homology to estimating relationships among organisms
4. Examine the history of systematics and fundamental principles of phylogenetic theory
5. Assess the differences among optimality criteria (e.g., Parsimony, Likelihood, Bayesian) for identifying optimal hypotheses of evolutionary relationships.
6. Demonstrate methods of phylogenetic reconstruction and divergence-time estimation.
7. Apply principles of biogeography and applications of phylogenetics to studying historical distributions of organisms.
8. Apply methods and applications of phylogenetics, including character evolution.
9. Evaluate the data and conclusions drawn from primary literature, particularly in relation to taxonomy and systematics.

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