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Evolutionary Biology

Seminar Leader:
Dustin Brisson


The central organizing concept in biology is that life changes through evolution and that all life has a common origin. Evolution—the change in the proportions of traits or DNA sequences in a population over time—occurs every time an organism is born or dies as each of these events alters the proportion of some traits in that population. As such, evolu-tion is not a theory but an observable process. This course illustrated the processes and forces of evolution with both examples from nature as well as in-class demonstra-tions, and teachers will be encouraged to develop labs/demonstrations of their own. We adhered to the mottos “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution” as well as “Nothing in Evolution Makes Sense Except in the Light of Biology.” As evolutionary biology is a highly intuitive and engaging science, teachers from many grade levels foundnthe topics applicable to their teaching.

Unit TitleAuthor


Human Evolution

Chris Sikich
Keywords: Biology, Evolution, genetics, human evolution, life science, Natural Selection

Evolutionary History of Mitochondria

Cristobal Carambo
Keywords: Chemistry, interdisciplinary skills, mitochondria

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Dorothy Martin
Keywords: adaptation, animals, autistic support, Evolution, special education

Evolutionary Biology

Daniel Hartzog
Keywords: Biology, Evolution, Heredity, kindergarten, Science, Traits, Variation

Evolution: Pokémon v. Bizarre Real Animals

Lisa Yuk Kuen Yau
Keywords: Biology, Critical thinking, Evolution, pokemon, Science


William McGeehan
Keywords: adaptation, biomagnification, disease, DNA, Ecology, Evolution, Flexibility and adaptability, genetics, Natural Selection, parasite, population genetics