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Instructor Info:Charles Ross
Office Extension x5576
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN

Natural organisms provide an unparalleled palette for almost every color and pattern imaginable. Why do organisms have stripes and spots? Why blue or red? This course will explore how and why various colors and patterns are produced in the biological world. We will investigate biochemical, genetic (and epigenetic), developmental, and environmental mechanisms as well as simple mathematical models to explain their production. Additionally, we will link patterns/colors to their functions, such as defense, warning, camouflage, communication, mate attraction, etc. We will use both applied and primary scientific research literature to explore topics in these areas. Students will research specific aspects or questions and present their findings in written and oral format.

Evaluation Criteria:

Major Assignments

  1. 20-page paper (4 five page papers)
  2. Presentation of poster

Minor Assignments

  1. Active participation in the forum for each reading or activity (appoximately every class period)
  2. other small assignments
  3. attendance and participation for discussions and lectures