Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2019Year School/Graduate School School of Science
Lecture Code HX570000 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 生物科学特別講義(進化生物学)
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Special Lectures in Biological Science(Evolutionary Biology)
Instructor MIURA IKUO
ミウラ イクオ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
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Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Giving a talk using blackboard, power point screen and printed papers. 
Credits 1 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 26 : Biological and Life Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 26 : Life Sciences
Eligible Students BC3 & 4
Keywords Evolution, Reptiles, Amphibians, life history traits, parental care, predation, signal transmission, viviparity 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
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within Educational
Basic Biology (Knowledge and understanding)

Dr. Si-Min Lin, who is a popular Evolutionary Biologist in Taiwan and is internationally active, gives a talk on ethology and ecology of Reptiles and Amphibians.  The aim is to learn and understand the base of Evolutionary Biology. 
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Title of lecture: The amazing diversity of amphibians and reptiles
Lecturer: Prof. Lin, Si-Min (Taiwan normal University)

Among all vertebrates, amphibians and reptiles represent the highest diversity in life history traits such as differences in tempos of growth and maturity, reproduction modes, fecundity, parental care, and survival rates. In the first-day lecture, we aim to demonstrate the amazing diversity of these life history traits by using integrative comparison among different taxa and different habitats. In the second-day lecture, we aim to compare the sensory ability of amphibians and reptiles, which facilitate their intra-specific communication, as well as inter-specific relationships such as predation or escape. Although well-adapted in their evolutionary trails, some of these taxa turn to be highly vulnerable under the pressure of human. In the last section of the lecture, we focus on a few cases of reptile conservation, and further illustrate the importance of scientific research and environmental education in the conservation of these species.  
Class Schedule lesson1 Reproduction and life history modes of amphibians and reptiles 26th September
lesson2 Reproduction and life history modes of amphibians and reptiles 26th September
lesson3 Signal transmission of amphibians and reptiles 27th September
lesson4 Signal transmission of amphibians and reptiles 27th September
lesson5 Research, education, and conservation biology 27th September
lesson6 Research, education, and conservation biology 27th September
lesson7 Life is hard for superhero lizards – Cost of reproduction in sexy males (Seminar) 27th September
lesson8 Examination 27th September
1. Lee, Y., J.-W. Lin, S.-P. Tseng, T.-H. Chen, Si-Min Lin*. (2019). Human disturbance as a possible cause of genetic introgression from exotic into native Mauremys turtles. Animal Conservation, in press.
2. You, C.-W., Y.-P. Lin, Y.-H. Lai, Y.-L. Chen, Y. Tang, S.-P. Chou, H.-Y. Chang, R. T. Zappalorti, Si-Min Lin*. (2013). Return of the pythons: first formal records, with a special note on recovery of the Burmese Python in the demilitarized Kinmen Islands. Zoological Studies 52, 8.
Reference papers in sexual selection and life history traits of lizards
3. Tseng, W.-H., J.-W. Lin, C.-H. Lou, K.-H. Lee, L.-S. Wu, T.-Y. Wang, F.-Y. Wang, D. J. Irschick, Si-Min Lin*. (2018). Opsin gene expression regulated by testosterone level in a sexually dimorphic lizard. Scientific Reports 8, 16055.
4. Lin, J.-W., Y.-R. Chen, Y.-H. Wang, K.-C. Hung, Si-Min Lin*. (2017). Tail regeneration after autotomy revives survival: a case from a long-term monitored lizard population under avian predation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284, No. 1847.
PC or AV used in
Power point, Movie 
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Preparation and
It is better to read and understand the papers descried in this syllabus.
Grading Method Evaluation is done according to attitude of students for the lecture (30%) and the results of examination or report (70%). 
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