OEB 141. Biogeography

Semester: 

Spring
  • Professor: Gonzalo Giribet
  • Term: Spring
  • Days: T, Th
  • Time: 10:30-11:45
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 145864
  • Subject Area: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Biogeography aims to explain distributions of organisms through historical and ecological factors. This course will focus on the history of biogeographic research, developments in the area of historical biogeography, and on ecological processes that affect distributions of whole clades. Topics include plate tectonics and earth history, vicariance and dispersal, areas of endemism, phylogenetic niche conservatism, latitudinal gradients in species richness, and the theory of island biogeography. Software for biogeographical analysis will be discussed and evaluated.

Recommended Prep: Two following courses: Life Sciences 1b, OEB 10, OEB 51, OEB 52, OEB 53, OEB 54, OEB 55, OEB 181, or permission of the instructor. There will also be a lab component in addition to the lecture component of the course.