Lectures at the start of the course will develop themes with each taxonomic group to bring out general principles of body form and function. The final lectures (after the second midterm exam) will use earlier information to make bigger-picture comparisons among the major taxa.
Lectures are listed on the days they are likely to start, though some will continue on following days. You should therefore be prepared for each unit on the day it is first listed. I will keep you updated by email about what is planned each week.
Laboratory topics are listed for reference. A separate laboratory syllabus will be provided.
Important: (1) *Dates are tentative! Check OAKS notifications for updates. (2) You are responsible for printing lecture illustrations for lecture and lab worksheets for lab.
Lecture-related files are available in .pdf format as follows:
Lecture guide. Use the guide as an outline for the lecture in class and/or as a study guide after class.
Lecture figures. Large versions (2 per page) of the figure slides only, which can be especially useful for taking notes in lecture. Image slides are not included.
All slides (4/page). A complete set including figure and image slides but in smaller format (4 per page). May be especially useful for studying.
All slides (1/page). A complete set for taking notes on a tablet. Please do not print.
To view and print these files:
Files require username ("biol337") and password (available on syllabus and at OAKS site).
If you don't have a copy of Adobe Acrobat, you can download the free viewer here.
If you are having trouble printing a .pdf file, download the file onto the computer and print from that computer. Please let me know if you have problems so that I can correct the problem for all.
~ Please conserve paper by printing 2-sided if possible and printing only the files you need for lecture ~
Lecture Lecture All slides All slides
guide figures only 4 / page 1 / page
print for lecture
for lecture or study
computer use only
Jan 12 R
1. Classification & phylogeny: thinking in hierarchies and trees
2. Protozoa (animal relatives), Porifera (sponges), Placozoa
3. Cnidaria and Ctenophora
Cnidaria and Ctenophora (cont.)
4. Platyhelminthes (flatworms) and Nemertea (ribbon worms)
5. Nematoda and other former “pseudocoelomates”
Feb 2 R
6. Annelida (Cl. Polychaeta)
Various worms recently reclassified as annelids
7. Special topic: Invertebrate parasites
8. Mollusca: Polyplacophora and Gastropoda
9. Mollusca: Bivalvia and Cephalopoda
10. Arthropoda: general characteristics and Crustacea
Mar 2 R
11. Special topic: barnacles!
13. Hemichordata and Urochordata
14. Phoronida, Brachiopoda, Bryozoa, & Kamptozoa
15. Arthropoda (cont.): Tracheata and Chelicerata
Taxonomic lectures (cont.)
Apr 4 T
16. Phylogenetic challenges and history of diversity
17. Mechanisms that generate diversity: HOX and allometry
18. Asexual reproduction and modular growth
19. Sexual reproduction and larval biology
20. Physical biology: challenges at large and small scales
21. Invertebrate communities: plankton and meiofauna
22. Issues in invertebrate conservation