Classic Readings - Spring 2013 Schedule

Classic Readings meets on Tuesdays from 12 noon - 1 pm in the OEB seminar room (319 Mor 2). PDFs of papers are attached at the bottom of this page.

Contact discussion leader Scott Schneider with questions.

Darwin, C. 1859. The Origin of Species, Chapter VI: Difficulties on Theory (available online at
Discussion Leader: Scott Schneider

Williams, G. C. 1957. Pleiotropy, natural selection and the evolution of senescence. Evolution 11:398-411.
Discussion Leader: Andrew Smith

G. E. Hutchinson. 1959. Homage to Santa Rosalia; or, Why Are There So Many Kinds of Animals? The American Naturalist 93: 145-59.
Discussion Leader: Yi-Fen Lin

Paul R. Ehrlich and Peter H. Raven. 1964. Butterflies and Plants: A Study in Coevolution. Evolution 18 : 586-608.
Discussion Leader: Matt Boyer

Joseph H. Connell. 1961. The Influence of Interspecific Competition and Other Factors on the Distribution of the Barnacle Chthamalus stellatus. Ecology 42 : 710-723.
Discussion Leader: Evan Palmer-Young

Maynard Smith, J. 1966. Sympatric speciation. American Naturalist 100:637-650.
Discussion Leader: Moira Concannon

Arnold, S. J. 1983. Morphology, performance and fitness. American Zoologist 23:347-361.
Discussion Leader: Patrick Green

Wright, S. 1932. The roles of mutation, inbreeding, crossbreeding and selection in evolution. Pp. 356-366. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress of Genetics, Vol. 1. D. F. Jones (ed.). (available online at
Discussion Leader: Anne Stengle

Daniel S. Simberloff and Edward O. Wilson. 1969. Experimental Zoogeography of Islands: The Colonization of Empty Islands. Ecology 50: 278-296.
Discussion Leader: Dennis Dietz

Hamilton, W. D. 1967. Extraordinary sex ratios. Science 156:477-488.
Discussion Leader: Daniel Peterson

Kimura, M. 1968. Evolutionary rate at the molecular level. Nature 217:624-626.
Discussion Leader: Chris Roy

Hairston, N.G., F.E. Smith, and L.B. Slobodkin. 1960. Community structure, population control, and competition. The American Naturalist 94: 421-425.
Discussion Leader: Melissa Ha

Williams.pdf2.03 MB
Hutchinson.pdf329.91 KB
Ehrlich.pdf566.23 KB
Connell.pdf880.99 KB
Smith.pdf848.68 KB
Arnold.pdf927.22 KB
Wright.pdf540.72 KB
Simberloff.pdf2.88 MB
Hamilton.pdf3.06 MB
Kimura.pdf274.62 KB
Hairston.pdf511.15 KB