ENTM 5300 / 6300: Insect Diversity

Credits: 4

This is a survey of the diversity of insects, stressing taxon diagnostics and other kinds of practical analysis.

Course Format:

This is a blended course, with significant portions both in a traditional face-to-face classroom and also online via Canvas, Auburn’s learning management system. Within the course Canvas site you will find the syllabus and learning materials, submit assignments, take quizzes, and
coordinate group activities. Refer to the course calendar/schedule and assignment instructions for information on where and when to submit your work.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • SLO 1. Describe insect diversity, what it’s worth, where it comes from, and how we keep track of it.
  • SLO 2. Solve insect classification problems by analyzing and evaluating morphological data.
  • SLO 3. Connect diagnostic morphological variation to evolved functional diversity.
  • SLO 4. Apply biodiversity science approaches to address real-world problems.
  • Johnson NF, Triplehorn CA. 2004. Borror and DeLong’s Introduction the Study of Insects. Required. Not without flaw, but the most comprehensive resource for identifying North American insect families.
  • Additional reading will come from the primary literature, and will be posted to the course calendar below.

Fall 2019.

ENTM 7230 / BIOL 7230: Practical Evolution

Credits: 3

Students learn evolutionary biology by making it happen, that is, by building and running simulation models. They also learn of opportunities to apply evolutionary theory to practical problems in agriculture, public health and conservation. Classical population genetics is elegant but
arcane. Our simulation approach aims to make it more intuitive, and also more realistic and practical.

Course Format:

This is a blended course; we will use a mix of face-to-face and online teaching modalities. We will use Canvas, Auburn’s learning management system, to host lesson materials and assessments, manage the submission of assignments, and coordinate team-based learning activities. We will use face-to-face sessions to reiterate key concepts, and to work together to apply those concepts in simulation models.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • SLO1. Describe and interpret fundamental theories in evolutionary population biology.
  • SLO2. Use simulations to test and extend that theory.
  • SLO3. Apply population biology approaches to real-world problems.
Texts and Softwares:

For our simulations, we will be using the SLiM 3 (Selection on Linked Mutations) framework, and we will be using the SLiM 3 manual as a textbook.


Fall 2021