Evolutionary biology by Alexey Kondrashov

I completely forgot to mention in my first lecture at Lomonosov University that starting October, 4 Alexey Kondrashov from University of Michigan presents his course on Evolutionary biology at MSU.

Putting all the general words about this really exciting fact aside (he is a really great biologist and also a great lecturer, as far as I can judge by meeting him several times), I would like to mention two things. First, all the materials, together with (probable) video lectures, should appear at this site. Second, after reading some of the presentations, I cannot help noticing that his lectures perfectly illustrate my own course.

In particular, let us look at Lecture 18, Selection, Slides 16 and 17, where it is stated that “In words, we showed that the relative increment of the mean population fitness equals to the within-population variance of relative fitness. This result is known as Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection.” Taking as is this statement is wrong!

Most probably this is not what Fisher himself meant (unfortunately, we cannot ask him), and for sure this is not what the people, who spent many hours trying to elaborate on the Fisher’s words, now believe to be Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection.

Do not want to wait for the lecture where I discuss this theorem and general theory of selection? Read this paper (or ask me by e-mail to send out the text).


About Artem Novozhilov

I am an applied mathematician interested in studying various evolutionary processes by means of mathematical models. More on my professional activities can be found on my page https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~novozhil/
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