- Microbial Evolution: Fred Cohan's Wesleyan Univ. graduate reading course
Origins of Bacterial Diversity--Biology 337/537 Spring 2003
Welcome to the course! Ideas about diversity and the nature of species were the brainchildren of zoologists and botanists. Unfortunately, the zoologists’ and botanists’ ideas about species do not apply easily to bacteria, at least until we bend our minds a bit. Through this directed reading, we will dive into the controversies surrounding the origins of diversity in the bacterial world, and I hope to demonstrate that ideas about the origins of bacterial species are at least as precise and predictive as those for plants and animals. In addition, I will show how the new science of genomics can help us characterize the diversity and ecological functioning of bacteria.