Biology 420 Game theory in biology.
Game theory is the mathematical study of strategic interactions. In this course we will explore the field and consider its applications both to human affairs and to animal interactions. Autumn 2016
Biology 469. Evolution and medicine.An evolutionary perspective on the human biology has a great deal to offer to medical research and practice. In this course we will explore the question of why evolution has left us vulnerable to various diseases and maladies. We will consider topics including the pathogen evolution, cancer, fever, and mood disorders. Next offered Spring 2017
Biology 354. Evolution and Systematics
An overview of evolutionary biology and systematics, with topics including the history of evolutionary thought, natural selection, phylogenetic reconstruction, population genetics, origin of life, and evolutionary medicine. The course uses the evolution textbook that I co-authored with Lee Dugatkin. Last offered Spring 2014
Advanced Game TheoryFollowing Ken Binmore's new text Playing for Real, we take an in-depth look at what game theory is, why it works, and when to use it. Last offered: Winter 2009.
Information is a central organizing principle in the study of life. Shannon's information theory provides a rich set of tools for quantifying information and its transmission. In this course we will develop the necessary background to understand and use Shannon's theory in application to biological systems from neural encoding to evolutionary dynamics. Last offered: Winter 2008
- Stochastic Processes in Biology
From intracellular diffusion to ecosystem dynamics, many important processes in biological systems are inherently stochastic. This course provides mathematical machinery needed to model such processes: the mathematics of stochastic processes. Topics include Markov chains , birth-death processes, branching processes, poisson processes, Brownian motion, renewal processes, and Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes. Last offered Autumn 2006.