Evolutionary Genetics

WS 2015/2016
Mondays and Tuesdays 12:30-14:00 (LMU-BioCenter B01.027)

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hutter
Prof. Dr. John Parsch
Dr. Katharina Böndel (tutorial)

Course Announcement and Outline

Click here to download course announcement (.pdf)
Click here to download course outline (.pdf)

Exam Results

Make-up Exam Results WS 2015/16

Lecture Topics and Summaries (.pdf files)

Note: summaries will be posted each week after the lectures.


Evidence For Evolution  Summary

Paleoevolution and the Fossil Record  Summary

Natural Selection and Adaptation  Summary

Genetic Variation within Species  Summary

Hardy-Weinberg Law  Summary

Mutation and Natural Selection  Summary

Maintenance of Genetic Variation  Summary

Genetic Drift  Summary

Neutral Theory  Summary

Human Evolution  Summary

Evolution of Sex  Summary

Selection versus Drift  Summary

*** Midterm Exam Tuesday, 24.11.2015 ***

Protein Evolution  Summary

DNA Evolution  Summary

Molecular Phylogenetics  Summary

Application of Molecular Phylogenetics  Summary

Testing the Neutral Theory  Summary    Figures

Positive Selection in Humans  Summary

Introduction to Genomics  Summary

Functional, Comparative, and Evolutionary Genomics  Summary

Evolutionary Bioinformatics  Summary

Evolutionary Developmental Biology  Summary

Speciation and Speciation Genetics  Summary

The Molecular Genetics of Speciation  Summary

*** Final Exam Tuesday, 02.02.2016 ***

Note: The midterm and final represent two parts of one exam. The cumulative score determines the final grade.
A make-up exam (midterm + final combined) will be offered on March 4, 2016 at 12:30 in room B01.019.
If you want to participate in the make-up exam, you must register with Prof. Parsch (parsch@bio.lmu.de) by Feb. 26, 2016.
You may only participate in the make-up exam if it is permitted by the exam regulations ("Prüfungsordnung") of your academic program.

Tutorial Meetings

There will be 4 tutorial meetings during the semester. Attendance is not mandatory and there are no assignments.
The tutorials are meant to provide a chance for students to ask questions about material covered in the previous lectures and to review for the midterm and final.

Meeting 1: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 14:00-15:00, Biozentrum G00.031 (Katharina Böndel)
Meeting 2: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 14:00-15:00, Biozentrum G00.031 (Katharina Böndel)
Meeting 3: Thursday, December 17, 2015, 14:00-15:00, Biozentrum G00.031 (Katharina Böndel)
Questions from tutorial 3
Meeting 4: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 14:00-15:00, Biozentrum D00.013 (Katharina Böndel)

Additional Readings

Part I (Hutter lectures)
1. The RNA world
2. The major transitions
3. The Hardy-Weinberg principle
4. Selection in diploid organisms
5. The neutral theory
6. Why sex ?
7. Transition to asexuality result in excess amino acid substitutions

Part II (Parsch lectures)
8. The molecular clock
9. Evolution of genes and taxa: a primer
10. Genomics and humanness
11. Dobzhansky-Muller incompatibilities

Evolution Links

Geological Time Machine
Evolution (Science Made Stupid)
Darwin Online
Charles Darwin Online Library
Understanding Evolution
Origins of Modern Humans
Evolution (PBS Evolution Website)
Evolution (NOVA Website)
The Willi Hennig Society - Cladistic Classification
Evolution of life (animations and videos)