After School Program

Mechanisms of Evolution - Science Research Course

January 10, 2017 - February 16, 2017

Whale Ancestry The current understanding of molecular biologists, shown in the cladogram, proposes that whales are closely related to hippos and dolphins.  © AMNH

Whale Ancestry
The current understanding of molecular biologists, shown in the cladogram, proposes that whales are closely related to hippos and dolphins. 

© AMNH


This course will teach the evidence for and mechanisms of evolution, beginning with the history of evolutionary theory. Students will learn the ways that the genetic makeup of a population can change over time, and how new species are formed. This class will also introduce students to evolutionary systematics and cladistics, or more simply put, how scientists study the evolutionary relationships between living things.

This course is a pre-requisite for the Museum’s Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) in biology and anthropology. The course is offered free-of-charge.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Meeting Dates: 1/10, 1/12, 1/17, 1/19, 1/24, 1/26, 1/31, 2/2, 2/7, 2/9, 2/14, 2/16