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Evo-Ed Cases

A complete understanding of evolution requires knowledge that spans many biological sub-disciplines. However, students are often taught evolution in the context of ecological systems and isolated from genetic and cellular ones. To address this issue, we have developed case studies that track the evolution of traits from their origination in DNA mutation, to the production of different proteins, to the fixation of alternate macroscopic phenotypes in reproductively isolated populations.

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Tree of Life: Mechanisms

This is a place to contribute resources, tools, and assessments that address the following learning outcomes under the broad theme of mechanisms of evolution.  

Students are able to:

1. Demonstrate how morphological evolution results from a subset of molecular evolution

2. Compare and contrast the likelihood of phenotypic and genotypic convergence

3. Demonstrate how evolutionary changes are constrained by existing genotypic and phenotypic variation.

4. Recognize that evolution occurs in an environment that varies over space and time.

5. Evaluate the relative importance of abiotic versus biotic factors on selection

6. Recognize and compare multiple evolutionary solutions to similar environmental challenges

This is part of the Tree of Life working group.  Click here to read about our general goals and framework.

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