Summary: BIOL 3102, Microbial Eukaryotes, 2011 Syllabus
BIOL 3102 Microbial Eukaryotes
Syllabus and Course Organisation
Instructor: Alastair Simpson
OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE:
Microbial eukaryotes (~protists) are key to understanding the evolution of eukaryotic cells, and the emergence of
familiar multicellular groups. Microbial eukaryotes play a major role in most ecosystems, both as the source of a
large fraction of global primary production, and as major consumer components in most food webs. Many of the
most serious infectious diseases of humans and livestock, and in aquaculture, are caused by microbial eukaryotes.
Microbial eukaryotes show us the true diversity of eukaryote cells and genomes, and can shed additional light on
basic principles within these parts of biology. Traditionally amongst the least-studied groups of organisms, the
scientific understanding of microbial eukaryote biology and evolution has improved tremendously in recent years.
This course will examine aspects of the basic biology and evolution of microbial eukaryotes from a
comparative perspective. Photosynthetic groups (`microalgae'), and free-living heterotrophs and parasitic forms
(`protozoa') will all be covered.
Lectures and other activities (e.g. labs and tests) are held on Mondays 12:30-1:30pm, Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 pm,
and Fridays 11:30 am-1:30 pm (i.e. two hours). Exceptions are as follows: Friday September 9th