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BIOL 3102, Microbial Eukaryotes, 2010 Syllabus BIOL 3102 Microbial Eukaryotes

Summary: BIOL 3102, Microbial Eukaryotes, 2010 Syllabus
BIOL 3102 Microbial Eukaryotes
Fall 2010
Syllabus and Course Organisation
Instructor: Alastair Simpson
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 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.
The 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.
The lecture component of the course is divided into four sections:
Section 1 (~7 lectures): An introduction to microbial eukaryotes; A brief overview/revision of the diversity of
microbial eukaryotes.


Source: Adl, Sina - Department of Biology, Dalhousie University


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology