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Experimental Evolution and the Nature of Biodiversity

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28 July 2014

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This title explores the central problem in biology, why and how did life become so diverse? Through the text students explore how diversity evolves in microbial populations that occupy some of the simplest environments...

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This title explores the central problem in biology, why and how did life become so diverse? Through the text students explore how diversity evolves in microbial populations that occupy some of the simplest environments imaginable, laboratory test tubes. The experiments throughout the text allow students to watch the evolutionary process unfold, while tracking diversification in both phenotype and genotype along the way.These experiments are combined with new insights coming from next-generation sequencing, they can tell us much more about the sorts of problems and questions related to adaptation and diversity. 

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  • The title is split into section one that covers adaptation, and the second focuses on diversification

1. Introduction: The problem of biodiversity
2. Experimental evolution  and tests of evolutionary theory
SECTION 1: ADAPTATION
3.  Adaptation: An introduction
4. Adaptation to a single  environment
5. Divergent selection
6. Selection in variable  environments
7. Genomics of adaptation
SECTION 2:  DIVERSIFICATION
8. Diversification: An introduction
9. The  evolution of phenotypic disparity
10. Rate and extent of  diversification
11. Adaptive radiation
12. Genomics of  diversification
13. The Nature of Biodiversity.

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Rees Kassen is Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa. He completed his PhD at McGill University and did postodoctoral work at the University of Oxford, UK. His research interests focus on understanding the origins and fate of biodiversity, using microbes as models. He is also actively involved in science policy, currently serving as co-chair of the Global Young Academy, an international academy of early-career researchers acting as the voice of young scientists around the world. He is also past chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering, an association of 26 professional and scientific organizations acting on behalf of over 50,000 members...

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Rees Kassen is Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa. He completed his PhD at McGill University and did postodoctoral work at the University of Oxford, UK. His research interests focus on understanding the origins and fate of biodiversity, using microbes as models. He is also actively involved in science policy, currently serving as co-chair of the Global Young Academy, an international academy of early-career researchers acting as the voice of young scientists around the world. He is also past chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering, an association of 26 professional and scientific organizations acting on behalf of over 50,000 members from academia, industry, and government in Canada.

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