BI549: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - Fall 2007

Course Description: Phylogenetic analyses are increasingly important in many different fields of biological research, particularly as advances in molecular genetic techniques have made large DNA sequence datasets readily available. This course covers the basic methods of phylogenetic analysis and their application in fields such as systematics, comparative biology, and molecular evolution. Lectures will emphasize the logical bases and computational details of various tree-building algorithms and associated methods of hypothesis testing, as well as novel applications of phylogenetic analysis in various fields of biology. Computer-based labs will give students the opportunity to implement these methods using a variety of phylogenetic software.


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Final Exam: TBA

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Discussion Readings

Drummond, A. J., S. Y. W. Ho, M. J. Phillips, and A. Rambaut. 2006. Relaxed phylogenetics and dating with confidence. Plos Biology 4:699-710. [Pybus, O. G. 2006. Model selection and the molecular clock. Plos Biology 4:686-688.]

Donoghue, P. C. J., and M. J. Benton. 2007. Rocks and clocks: calibrating the Tree of Life using fossils and molecules. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 22 : 424-431.

Carstens, B. C., and L. L. Knowles. 2007. Estimating species phylogeny from gene-tree probabilities despite incomplete lineage sorting: An example from Melanoplus grasshoppers. Systematic Biology 56:400-411.

Maddison, W. P., and L. L. Knowles. 2006. Inferring phylogeny despite incomplete lineage sorting. Systematic Biology 55:21-30.

Sennblad B, Bremer B 2000 Is there a justification for differential a priori weighting in coding sequences? A case study from rbcL and Apocynaceae s.l. Systematic Biology 49: 101-113.

Broughton RE, Stanley SE, Durrett RT 2000 Quantification of homoplasy for nucleotide transitions and transversions and a reexamination of assumptions in weighted phylogenetic analysis. Systematic Biology 49: 617-627.




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