Lab Group and Teaching

Current Lab Members:

The lab is no longer accepting new graduate students.

 

 

Teaching:

My teaching is split evenly between the Plant Biology and the Genetics Departments. Most of my teaching is at the graduate level with the exception of the introductory evolution biology course which is a large undergraduate lecture course. Most of my courses involve lectures and discussion sections in which we read and discuss the primary literature.

 

GENE (BIOL) 3000. Evolutionary Biology

This is an introductory course that covers micro- and macroevolutionary processes. Topics include population genetics, speciation, systematics, coevolution, chemical origin of life, history of life, geological record and human evolution. I usually teach the microevolutionary half of the course every other fall semester.

PBIO 3650. Natural History of Georgia Plants 

This non-majors course provides students with an introduction to ecological principles and plant community ecology in the environmentally diverse state of Georgia. Emphasis is given to demonstrating how changes in the environment produce changes in vegetation composition. Invasive species as well as rare and endangered species are examined.

PBIO 6720. Plant Variation and Evolution

This is an introductory plant evolution course. My emphasis is on plant population genetics (genetic diversity, breeding systems, microevolutionary processes etc), but there are a few lectures on speciation and coevolution. There are two hours of lectures, one hour of discussion, and a three hour lab each week. The lab projects usually extend for the whole semester. I teach this course on even numbered (2004, 2006) fall semesters.

PBIO 8700. Plant Population Biology Seminar

This is a seminar on current research topics in plant population biology. I will alternate teaching this seminar with Dr. Shu Mei Chang. I usually offer this seminar in odd numbered fall semesters (2005, 2007). 

GENE 8350. Advanced Topics in Population Genetics - Gene Dispersal

This is a course for advanced population genetics students. Topics covered are genetic structure, gene flow, mating patterns, extinction and colonization. The emphasis is on gaining an understanding and appreciation of the use and interpretation of estimation procedures that have been developed to measure these evolutionary processes. The course is a combination of lectures and discussions of the primary literature; I offer this course every odd numbered (2005, 2007) spring semester.