Biology 1510 Spring 2017

Welcome to Biology 1510 for Spring 2017!

Select course readings from the menus above by Module:

  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Molecules and Metabolism
  • Genetics
  • Integrative Human Health and Evolution

Lecture materials can be downloaded from t-square

Instructions for the group video project will be available later in the term.

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Sample Videos

View these videos for ideas on what makes an engaging video. As you watch, consider the elements that make each video engaging and how you could use those elements to explain evidence-based concepts (which is one of the goals of this project after all!)


Examples of highly rated and high-scoring group project videos from previous semesters of 1510 and 1520.


Fun Science: Light


Vi Hart: Hexaflexagons


Evolution: It’s a Thing – Crash Course Biology #20 (This one is long, but you’ll get the idea after 5 minutes if you are time-limited.)


The Machine is Us/ing Us


Budding yeast research

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Group 3: Evolution of Modes of Locomotion in Squirrels of the Sciurdae Family

Kate Bullock, Shanee Mortley, Hayriye Polik, Isabella Stubbs


“Bayesian Inference.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

Nowak, R.M. 1999. Walker’s Mammals of the World, 6th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Rocha, R. G., Y. L. R. Leite, L. P. Costa, and D. Rojas. “Independent Reversals to Terrestriality in Squirrels (Rodentia: Sciuridae) Support Ecologically Mediated Modes of Adaptation.” Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2016): n. pag. Wiley Online Library. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

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Group 1 – Overview of the relationship between genetic diversity and cancer in patients with Barrett’s Esophagus…with The Docters!

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Pigeon Hierarchy Experiment–Group 4

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Group 15 – Evolution of Squirrels’ Locomotion


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Group 13 – Cancer Risk in Patients Suffering from Barrett’s Esophagus

“Barrett’s Esophagus: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

“Endoscopy: MedlinePlus.” Endoscopy: MedlinePlus. Medline Plus, 2016. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

“FISH Fact Sheet.” National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). N.p., 2016. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

Martinez et al. (2016) Dynamic clonal equilibrium and predetermined cancer risk in Barrett’s oesophagus, Nat Commun 7:12158

“National University Cancer Institute, Singapore.” General Information on Esophageal Cancer:: (NCIS). University of Singapore, 2016. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

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Group 18 – Exploring the Phylogenetic Roots of Lethal Violence in Humans


  1. Jose-Maria Gomez, Miguel Verdu, Adela Gonzalez-Megias, Marcos Mendez. 2016. The phylogenetic roots of human lethal violence. Nature 538: 233-237 doi:10.1038/nature19758
  2. Raymond C. Kelly. 2005. The evolution of lethal intergroup violence. PNAS volume 102 issue 43: 15294-15298.
  3. Jung Choi. What is evolution?
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Group #12 Allgeier Fishing Down Nutrients on Coral Reefs

There are closed captions embedded in this video, please click CC on the bottom right-hand corner. Thank you.

Script link:

Thank you!

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Group 38 Leadership In Homing Pigeons

Video by Group 38. Homing pigeons show flexible leadership hierarchy when the leader is misinformed video. Based on the findings of study by Watts et al.


Isobel Watts, Máté Nagy, Theresa Burt de Perera, Dora Biro (2016), Misinformed leaders lose influence over pigeon flocks. Biol. Lett. 12 20160544; DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0544. Published 13 September 2016

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Group 37: Barrett’s Esophagus and Predetermined Cancer Risk

To add closed captions for the video, make sure to click to CC button on the bottom right hand corner of the video.

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Group 16, Behavior of Pigeons Based on Knowledge of the Leader

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