Courses

OEB 192: Microbial Evolution
Harvard College/GSAS: 5019
Fall 2012-2013
Christopher J. Marx PhD, Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Meeting Time: M., W., 2:30-4
Exam Group: 7,8

An examination of the evolution of microbes through an integration of lectures and discussion of primary literature. We will focus on a series of broad questions for which we will draw upon knowledge from both lab-based study of experimental microcosms and comparative studies of natural populations. Notably, students will conduct their own experimental evolution projects using ‘digital organisms’.
Prerequisite: Life Sciences 1a and Life Sciences 1b or equivalent required.
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The Evolution of Microbes

Harvard Extension School: BIOS E-127 (13100)
Fall 2012
Christopher J. Marx PhD, Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Location: Biological Laboratories 1075
Meeting Time: Tuesday 7:40pm – 9:40pm

This course examines microbial evolution through an integration of lectures and discussion of primary literature. To a great extent this is an evolutionary biology course that simply focuses on microbes (and their comparison to macrobes). It is explicitly designed to be accessible for students with no background in microbiology or evolutionary biology while remaining non-redundant for those with exposure to both. We integrate knowledge of comparative patterns of variation seen in natural populations with evolutionary processes that can be examined in laboratory-based studies of experimental microcosms. For the major project in the course, students apply their knowledge to design, conduct, and analyze their own evolution experiments using populations of digital organisms. Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, or the equivalent.
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OEB 100: Evolution in Action

Harvard College/GSAS: 9930
Spring 2011-2012
Christopher J. Marx PhD, Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

In this project based laboratory course students will conduct research utilizing experimental evolution of microbial populations. The research will address questions that synthesize knowledge of genetics, biochemistry, systems biology, microbiology, evolution and ecology.
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OEB 192: Microbial Evolution
Harvard College/GSAS: 5019
Fall 2011-2012
Christopher J. Marx PhD, Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

An examination of the evolution of microbes through an integration of lectures and discussion of primary literature. We will focus on a series of broad questions for which we will draw upon knowledge from both lab-based study of experimental microcosms and comparative studies of natural populations. Notably, students will conduct their own experimental evolution projects using ‘digital organisms’.
Syllabus

 

The Evolution of Microbes
Harvard Extension School: BIOS E-127 (13100)
Fall 2011
Christopher J. Marx PhD, Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

This course examines microbial evolution through an integration of lectures and discussion of primary literature. To a great extent this is an evolutionary biology course that simply focuses on microbes (and their comparison to macrobes). It is explicitly designed to be accessible for students with no background in microbiology or evolutionary biology while remaining non-redundant for those with exposure to both. We integrate knowledge of comparative patterns of variation seen in natural populations with evolutionary processes that can be examined in laboratory-based studies of experimental microcosms. For the major project in the course, students apply their knowledge to design, conduct, and analyze their own evolution experiments using populations of digital organisms.
Syllabus