Mitonuclear Ecology (BIOL 7970)
Mitonuclear coadaptation is essential to eukaryotic life and hence to all complex forms of life. In this course, we will study the implications of the necessity of mitonuclear coadaptation for the evolution of quintessential eukaryotic characteristics including sex and two sexes, a germ line, senescence, discrete species, mate choice, and adaptation. The focus will be on complex life including plants, animals, and fungi. This class will cover fundamental concepts in evolutionary biology and give students a broad foundation from which to pursue research in any field of evolution.