Over View

The goals of this course are to introduce the students to some of the canonical literature concerning the process of speciation and discuss the paradigm of divergence-with-gene-flow represented by the web-of-life metaphor. A series of lectures and discussions presenting a distillation of many studies of natural hybridization, lateral exchange and viral recombination will be covered. By the end of the course, students will have an increased awareness of both where current studies in speciation/hybridization fit into the history of such investigations and the ongoing shift in the paradigm used to describe the process of evolutionary diversification.