At UBC, most of my teaching has been in specialized phylogenetics courses to 4th year undergraduates and graduate students, but that’s about to change. This spring, Jeannette Whitton and I are teaching Fundamentals of Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 336). Jeannette has done the course before, I haven’t, but both of us are looking at it with fresh eyes. Composing a whole series of entirely new lectures has been more work than I’d expected, especially since we are aiming high — we want to be clear and compelling, and have fun while we’re at it. I’m looking forward to the start of the course this coming week, while simultaneously being anxious about whether I’ll have all of my pieces ready on time. Here is our syllabus.