Evolutionary Genetics

WS 2016/2017
Mondays and Tuesdays 12:30-14:00 (LMU-BioCenter B01.027)

Prof. Dr. Jochen Wolf
Prof. Dr. John Parsch

Course Announcement and Outline

Course announcement (.pdf)
Course outline (.pdf)

Lecture Topics and Summaries (.pdf files)

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


Historical Introduction  Summary

Mutation  Summary

Hardy-Weinberg-Principle  Summary

Genetic Drift  Summary

Quantitative Genetics  Summary

Neutral Theory, Migration  Summary

Selection  Summary

Selection and Drift  Summary

Recombination  Summary

Speciation  Summary

Repetition  Summary

*** Midterm Exam Tuesday, 29.11.2016 ***

Protein Evolution  Summary

DNA Evolution  Summary

Molecular Phylogenetics  Summary

Application of Molecular Phylogenetics  Summary

Testing the Neutral Theory  Summary    Figures

Human Evolution  Summary

Positive Selection in Humans  Summary

Introduction to Genomics  Summary

Functional, Comparative, and Evolutionary Genomics  Summary

Evolutionary Developmental Biology  Summary

*** Final Exam Tuesday, 07.02.2017 ***

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 7, 2017 at 12:30 .
If you want to participate in the make-up exam, you must register with Prof. Wolf (j.wolf@bio.lmu.de) by Feb. 26, 2017.
You may only participate in the make-up exam if it is permitted by the exam regulations ("Prüfungsordnung") of your academic program.

Additional Readings (not required)

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

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)
Evolution of life (animations and videos)