This course will survey the diversity of ways that reproduction has evolved to be
accomplished from the cellular to organismal levels across plant and animal taxa.
The course will begin with examining the diversity of cellular mechanisms responsible
for asexual reproduction, then lead into the biological definition of male and female,
gamete production of sexually reproducing organisms, and the co-evolutionary process
of sexual antagonism. Students will investigate the variety of ways gametes can come
together, which will include the importance of plant-pollinator interactions and the
evolution of reproductive behaviors. A special emphasis will be placed on Potamopyrgus antipodarum and the Red Queen Hypothesis for the evolution of sexual reproduction.
A recent version of the course syllabus can be found here. Please note: the syllabus linked here described the course in a 1-credit hour version.
This course may be offered in a future semester as a 3-credit hour course. In that case, the requirements
and content would be expanded.