Graduate Special Topics Spring 2018


BOT6935/ZOO6927 section 09A2 & 09A3

Instructor: Dr. Ponciano and Dr. Sessa

Credits: 03
Class meetings: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, periods 8-9; 211 Bartram Hall
Text Recommended: Required: Required readings will be posted on Canvas.

Brief Description:
An advanced course in phylogenetic methods and theory, focusing on coalescent methods, their statistical background, and techniques for analyzing datasets of many taxa and loci. See attached syllabus.

Origin of species seminar

BOT6935/ZOO6927 section 09A2 & 09A3

Instructor: Dr. Sessa

Credits: 01
Class meetings: To be determined
Text Recommended: On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition. Harvard paperbacks. ISBN-13: 978-0674637528, ISBN-10: 0674637526. This edition of the book is required!

Brief Description:
We will discuss Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species, a work that is the cornerstone of modern evolutionary biology.  See attached syllabus.

florida vertebrate paleontology

ZOO6927 section 2H34

Instructor: Dr. Bloch and Dr. Hulbert

Credits: 02
Class meetings: Tuesday, periods 6-7; Turlington Hall, Rm# 2328
Optional Text: Fossil Vertebrates of Florida.  Edited by Richard C. Hulbert, Jr. University Press of Florida, February, 2001. Hardbound; 384 pages; 341 drawings and black and white photographs; glossary; index; and references. ISBN 0-8130-1822-6

Brief Description:

Come help us dig up fossils! This special topics course is designed to provide an overview of Florida fossil vertebrates through weekly lectures and discussions plus direct experience with vertebrate paleontology fieldwork in Florida. We will be especially focused on digging at a late Miocene fossil vertebrate locality close to Williston, Florida.  See Download Flyer and attached syllabus.