Fall 2022 - BISC 471 D100

Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology (3)

Development & Environment

Class Number: 1972

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    To be announced.



Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science.


Title: Eco-Evo-Devo and organismal adaptations to climate change

**This course may be applied toward the Cells, Molecules and Physiology and the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Concentrations.** 

Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology, or Eco-Evo-Devo for short, is a relatively new area of biological research that investigates how environmental conditions affect organismal development and evolution. This field of study is of particular importance in today’s world, where it is predicted that climate change will outpace the adaptive capacity of many organisms. In this course we will explore what is known about the ability of organisms to adapt to new environmental conditions as climate change progresses. In the Fall of 2022, we will focus on habitat-forming organisms in marine intertidal and nearshore environments on the B.C. coast including the iconic seaweeds that form kelp forests. Course activities will include a combination of lectures, reading, discussing, and summarizing papers from the scientific literature, and student presentations.


  • Exam: 40%
  • Short (2 page) summaries of scientific papers discussed in class: 30%
  • Student participation/presentations: 30%



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