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Advanced Evolutionary Studies

ANT 480 Section 001

Spring 2015, Seminar

Dr. Christopher Lynn

Office Hours and Contact Information

Office: 12 ten Hoor

Office hours:   MW 2-4 or by appointment

Office phone number: 348-4162




UA Course Catalog Prerequisites

No prerequisites or none listed.

ANT 150, ANT 451 (Readings in ALLELE), BSC 220, & ANT 270, GEO 102, or PHL 387, & 1-credit Independent Research

Course Description

UA Course Catalog Information


This course is the capstone to the Evolutionary Studies minor and should be taken in the final semester of the program. This course meets in conjunction with "Evolution for Everyone," the minor introductory course to the minor, to revisit the basic principles and application of evolutionary theory. These courses are team-taught by faculty from around the University and integrate the Alabama Lectures on Life's Evolution series, so they are likely to be different for you in both iterations. The course will review applications of evolutionary theory in the natural, social, and applied sciences and in the humanities. Additionally, you will conduct or complete a culminating project during the first half of the semester. During the second half of the semester, you will present this to the class and submit an article based on your project for publication in a peer-reviewed science journal.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this term, you should be able to:

  • Complete a creative or research project related to evolutionary theory
  • Produce a publishable paper or project that summarizes your project
  • Present your findings to an audience of peers
  • Produce a portfolio that outlines your accomplishments as an EvoS minor

Required Texts

UA Supply Store Textbook Information


Other Course Materials


This course will use Blackboard to distribute additional readings.  Access Blackboard via myBama.  There is a box called Blackboard on the Academics tab that should list your courses that are currently let up with Blackboard.

Social Media

There is a closed Facebook group for the course at  This group is used to share relevant information from media sources and facilitate discussion.  Please request to join the group.

I also utilize Twitter a lot with small classes like this one, including tweeting notes from guest lecturers that I later use to compose exams.  Following #ant150 is therefore worthwhile.  If I catch you with your smartphone in hand during class, I expect to find tweets by you at this hashtag or notes posted to our Facebook group.  Otherwise, I will be penalizing you for smartphone use in class.

The EvoS Club and program also have a Facebook group and page, respectively.  Please consider joining the EvoS Club at and "liking" the EvoS program at

"Like" the UA Department of Anthropology ( and the ALLELE series ( on Facebook so that we can keep in touch with you and you can stay informed about our events and activities.

Evolutionary Studies

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Disability Statement

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary.

If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call (205) 348-4285 (Voice) or (205) 348-3081 (TTY) or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.

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