The Evolution and Biology of Sex

Sehoya Cotner, Ph.D.

This lab manual was created to accompany a non-majors, large-enrollment, introductory-biology course of the same name, however we hope to appeal to any student interested in learning, in an interactive environment, the basics of the following introductory-level topics: process of science, evolution, molecular genetics, inheritance, the evolution of sex, sexual selection, and reproductive technology.

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Table of Contents

  • Lab One: Sex and the Process of Science
  • Lab Two: Evolution and Natural Selection
  • Lab Three: Genetics Part I – From Genotype to Phenotype
  • Lab Four: Genetics Part II – Meiosis and Inheritance
  • Lab Five: Biodiversity of Reproductive Strategies
  • Lab Six: Testing Hypotheses about Adolescent Sexual Behavior
  • Lab Seven: Testing the Red Queen
  • Lab Eight: Testing Hypotheses about HIV (and project work as needed)
  • Lab Nine: Final Group Project Presentations
  • Lab Ten: Sperm Competition
  • Lab Eleven: Human Populations
  • Lab Twelve: Reproductive Technologies and Birth Control
  • Lab Thirteen: Final Presentations

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About the Author

Sehoya Cotner is passionate about both biology and biology-education research. Her research interests have been, and continue to be, broad in scope and mission. She has published papers on teaching with technology, barriers to teaching and learning evolution, and gender disparities in the sciences. She has also published articles on strategies for engaging students in large lectures, including work with the Active Learning Classrooms project at the University of Minnesota. Current work involves identifying which elements of course-based research experiences (CUREs) are key to promoting scientific literacy; identifying and countering barriers to learning science; evolution education in Galápagos; and facilitating meaningful group interactions in the large-lecture setting.

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