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Evolution and population dynamics
1C: Charles Darwin inaugurated the field of evolutionary biology 150 years ago with the publication of “On the Origin of Species.” You will learn about the driving forces of evolution beyond natural selection and the relationship between populations and their environments. The story of Darwin’s finches will make a lot more sense.
Learn the fundamental principles about how natural selection can drive the process of evolution. By Ross Firestone.
Learn about the concept of fecundity and how it contributes to an organism's overall biological fitness. By Ross Firestone.
Learn about driving forces of evolution other than natural selection. Group selection and artificial selection are just a few of these forms of "Alternative Selection." By Ross Firestone.
Learn about how changes in the environment can change the way natural selection behaves. What happens when a population's environment changes drastically? By Ross Firestone.
Learn about inbreeding and how it can hurt a population's genetic diversity. By Ross Firestone.
What makes two organisms members of different species? Learn about the forces behind reproductive isolation. By Ross Firestone.