BIO4010 – Life history theory
The course was offered for the last time in autumn 2005. The course will be partly replaced by BIO4140 Life history and climate, which is offered every autumn semester, starting autumn 2006.
The course will contain a discussion of new primary literature (theoretical and empirical) on the evolution of life histories. A general textbook may function as a general background for the discussions. The subjects will differ among years, depending on developments in the literature and availability of seminar leaders.
To make the students understand what are the main questions discussed by the theories of life history evolution. An aim is to update the students on the most important theories, empirical tests of those theories, and the importance on life history variation on population dynamics of animals and plants. The focus is upon critical analysis.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
A good background in ecology and evolution is desirable.
The participants will be exposed to seminars describing ongoing research by local staff or guests. Further, each participant will present and discuss one scientific paper (given as a seminar), as well as write two essays on a given subject (one mid-term and one at the end of term)
The two essays are graded as pass / fail. All participants have to present one seminar and get a pass-grade on both essays to pass the course.