2K01 The Modern Science Of Evolution

Tutor/Facilitator David Bourne

Date: on/from Tue 4 Feb 2020 to Tue 25 Aug 2020
Frequency: weekly
Class time: 11:30-1:00

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Course starts with Darwin’s journey around the world and the subsequent birth of the science of evolution and finishes with how humans are affecting the evolution of virtually all other species on the planet.

The course will examine the role of Gregor Mendel’s development of hereditary science, mechanisms of evolution, the speed of evolution, the complexity of the tree of life, convergent and divergent evolution, the coevolution of plants and animals, how the modern science of evolution affects our lives, the new field of evolutionary medicine, and how humans are affecting the evolution of many species on the planet. There will be short but “hot off the press” segments about relevant topics at the end of each session.

TUTOR: David’s background is: Industrial Chemist, Plant Biochemist, Mass Spectroscopist.

Highlights of his career are: Research Scientist at Australian Institute of Marine Science (drugs from the sea project) and Senior Research Scientist at Defence Science Technology Organisation (Chemical & Biological Defence).

Qualifications are: BAppSC (SQU), BSc (Hons) (UNSW), PhD (UNSW)

Deferred to Term 3 then probably ONLINE