Vertebrate Form and Evolution - LS2-VFE
This course is about the morphological structure and evolution of vertebrate animals. In this course, we will take a taxonomically broad look at vertebrate evolution over the course of Earth history. The course will build on your background from Biology of Organisms in the first year, reviewing some of the essential topics from that course, and expanding out from there. We will look at vertebrate anatomy and how it informs our understanding of the phylogenetic relationships, structural adaptations for physiology, and how it relates to ecology and large-scale patterns of evolution.
Cell and Developmental Biology - LS2-CDB
The course aims to provide an integrated understanding of the regulation of development in animals and plants. Studies will focus especially on the underlying cellular and molecular biology processes. Particular attention will be given to the initiation and regulation of recognisable developmental features of animal and plant body plans during embryogenesis and in later life. Selected case studies will consider recent research breakthroughs, the role of the environment in development and how organisms interact to modify each others’ development.