Lecture: Advanced-level Evolutionary Biology (Autumn Semester 2017)

Information about the lecture of PD Dr. Lukas Schärer (lukas.scharer-at-unibas.ch, http://evolution.unibas.ch/scharer/index.htm)

Why unicellular or multicellular?


Why such complex genitalia?

Location and Time of the lecture

The 2-hour (2x45 minutes) lecture takes place weekly on Wednesdays from 14:15-16:00 in the small lecture hall (Kleiner Hörsaal) of the Vesalianum (Vesalgasse 1, first floor, enter the main building). The first lecture takes place on Wednesday, 20. September 2017.

Aim of the lecture

The aim of the lecture is to provide an in-depth introduction to the main concepts in evolutionary biology and the most important evolutionary mechanisms. The participants will learn to approach biological problems and phenomena from an evolutionary perspective, and they will read original research articles and discuss these in class.

If you want to attend this lecture you should ideally have previously attended the lecture 'Evolutionsbiologie' of Profs. Ebert & Salzburger.

The following topics will likely be covered

Course materials

The scripts will usually be uploaded here by Tuesday evening before each Wednesday lecture.

Week Date Lecture (Wednesdays from 14:15-16:00) Script Mandatory Reading Suggested Reading
1 20.9.

Brief Introduction to the Course &
Levels of Selection

Levels.pdf Reeve&Keller1999.pdf -
2 27.9.        
3 4.10.        
4 11.10.        
5 18.10.        
6 25.10.        
7 1.11.        
8 8.11.        
9 15.11.        
10 22.11.        
11 29.11.        
12 6.12.        
13 13.12.        
14 20.12. Examination      


Evolution by Stearns and Hoekstra

Evolution: an introduction, 2. edition (Stearns & Hoekstra 2005)

Some of the lectures refer to the book "Evolution: an introduction" by Steve Stearns & Rolf Hoekstra an (Oxford University Press, 2. Edition). Further book chapters and original research articles will be distributed on this page during the semester.


In order to pass the course each student has to pass the examination (attending the lectures themselves is not mandatory). The written examination will be held in the last week of the semester during the normal time of the lecture in the usual lecture hall.