Cornerstone: The Power of Life.
Biol 2970.012, T/R 12:30 - 1:20
and R 1:30 - 4:20

This course will explore the nature and practice of science through participation in original research. Students will investigate real scientific questions using data generated in the course. We will focus on how molecular variation in the oxidative phosphorylation system contributes to the extraordinary diversity of organismal adaptations for swimming, running and flying. Students will learn and apply the tools of molecular biology to characterize genes involved in energy production from a variety of organisms. These data will be used to test hypotheses relating molecular variation to locomotion performance in a variety of organisms. The course will culminate in scientific research papers of potentially publishable quality. No formal research experience is required but students should have an active enthusiasm for science. The course will move quickly so dutiful attention to assignments and active participation in all course activities will be expected.

Instructor bio

Richard E Broughton, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Broughton is an internationally recognized expert on the evolution of fishes and serves as a leader of the "Fish Tree of Life Project" sponsored by the National Science Foundation. His research interests include molecular evolution, mechanisms of speciation, and molecular phylogenetics.