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BIOL 575. Systematic Bioinformatics

Department: Biology
Description: Biological collections, collection stewardship, biological collections databases, networks, cybertaxonomy, taxonomic concepts, ontology, specimen digitization, georeferenced specimens, predictive ecogeographic modeling, genomic databases, genomic partitioning strategies, models of molecular evolution, phylogenomics.
Prerequisites: BIOL 456
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Summarize the history of biological collections and describe their importance to ecological and evolutionary biology
2. Demonstrate good collection stewardship
3. Analyze the role of cybertaxonomy in modern taxonomy
4. Evaluate methods of specimen digitization and applications of this data for taxonomic, phylogenetic, and evolutionary studies
5. Analyze the importance of georeferencing biological collections and how to access databases with georeferenced information
6. Apply ecogeographic predictive modeling to ecological and evolutionary studies.
7. Examine genomic databases associated with biological collections
8. Summarize genomic partitioning strategies, models of molecular evolution, and fundamentals of phylogenomics.
9. Apply methods and applications of phylogenomic studies.
10. Evaluate the data and conclusions drawn from primary literature, particularly in relation to cybertaxonomy, phylogenomics, and bioinformatics.

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