Welcome to BIOL 471


BIOL 471 is a course in three parts:  (1) selection and adaptation (selection, reproduction, life histories); (2) microevolution (population genetics, molecular evolution, genomic evolution); and (3) phylogenetic reconstruction (classification, species, historical evolution).  Available to juniors or seniors who have taken BIOL 311 or a college course in genetics.

The objectives of this course are for students:  (1) to appreciate the scope of modern evolutionary biology and genetics; (2) to become familiar with the professional literature in evolutionary biology; (3) to communicate evolution concepts to the public by means of  written reports, posters and/or presentations; (4) to hear research reports presented by evolutionary biologists.

General Policies

Sample Exams

Course Syllabus

Poster Scoresheet

Using the GMU Computer System

Papers and poster research

Course Instructors

Poster Topics Available

Web exercises


Geological Time Periods
PALAEOS: The trace of life on earth

Society for the Study of Evolution - the Journal Evolution
Darwin online: all works including Origin of Species (1859)
National Academy of Sciences - Evolution
American Museum of Natural History
Natural History Magazine
Smithsonian Institution-Department of Paleobiology
“Tree of Life” Phylogeny
Phylogeny of Life—UC Berkeley
Smithsonian Human Origins
Talk Origins
The Panda's Thumb

Willi Hennig Society
NIH Podcast of 'God, Darwin & Design' by Kenneth Miller
John Kyrk's Illustrated Timeline (13.7 billion years)



James D. Lawrey
George Mason University
1215 Exploratory Hall (Fairfax office)
431 Colgan Hall (Manassas office)
432 Colgan Hall (Manassas lab)
703-993-3462 (Fairfax)
703-993-1059 (Manassas)
703-993-1046 (fax)
Email:  jlawrey@gmu.edu



Last updated on Jan, 2017