(Created 2009-08-11.)

THEORETICAL EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY | TEK275 |

**Aim**

A deeper understanding of basic evolutionary concepts, models and theoretical results.

*Knowledge and understanding*

For a passing grade the student must

- be able to describe the underlying mechanisms of the evolutionary process: Basic population genetics, quantitative genetics and selection theory. They should also understand the fitness concept.
- be able to decribe and apply basic theories on optimal individual behaviour: the Marginal value theorem, basic life history theory, foraging theory, and models of energy storage.
- understand the concept of frequency dependent selection and be able to analyse evolutionary game theoretical models, discrete and continuous. In particular, the student should be able to find the ESS solution to a given problem.
- be able to account for the principles of adaptive dynamics, calculate a fitness gradient and use it to analyse evolutionary problems based on population ecological pronciples.
- possess a personal analytical toolbox to independently be able to investigate theoretical evolutionary questions through modelling, mathematical analysis and computer simulations.

**Contents**

The course consists of a few main topics, divided into subtopics:

- introductory evolutionary theory - Population genetics, quantitative genetics and selection theory
- evolution as an optimizing process - Behavioral ecology, marginal value theorem, Biomechanics, Optimal migration, Life history theory, Optimal foraging, Optimala energy storing strategies
- frequency and density dependent evolution- Evolutinary game theory, Adaptive dynamics, Sexual selection and speciation
- independet project

**Literature**

According to a list determined by the department, available at least five weeks before the start of the course, see the web-page for Undergraduate Studies in Biology