Life on earth has radiated to exploit virtually every conceivable habitat and lifestyle. Biochemical adaptation is a fundamental aspect of biological diversity because it integrates molecular structure, with metabolic function and control. The purpose of the course is to evaluate the impressive array of mechanisms whereby animals, plants, and microbes acclimate at the biochemical level to 'extreme' environmental conditions such as temperature stress, high pressure, lack of oxygen, salt stress, oxidative stress, and desiccation. Students are expected to read and to lead discussion on original research publications, and to develop a general literature review and research proposal on a relevant topic that will be presented in a seminar and submitted as a written report.
Course Goals and Objectives
- To understand the diversity and scope of biochemical adaptations of species to environmental extremes (and practical applications of this research area for helping humanity & our planet)
- To develop the ability to critically analyze and synthesize science literature
- To improve oral and written communication skills
RECOMMENDED BIOL 341 and BIOL 322
PREREQUISITE BIOL 334 or (BCHM 315 and BCHM 316) or BCHM 310. Level 4 and registration in a Biology Honours Plan (BIOL-M-BSH, BIOL-P-BSH, BIMA-P-BSH, BIPS-P-BSH, BTEC-P-BSH, EBIO-P-BSH) and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the Biological Foundations List and (BIOL 330/3.0 or BIOL 334/3.0 or BIOL 341/3.0 or BIOL 430/3.0) or permission of the Department.
Biological Foundations List
BIOL 102/3.0; BIOL 103/3.0; BIOL 201/3.0; BIOL 202/3.0; BIOL 205/3.0; BIOL 206/3.0; BIOL 302/3.0; BIOL 303/3.0; BIOL 330/3.0; BIOL 334/3.0; BIOL 339/3.0; BIOL 341/3.0