[Example of a phylogenetic tree]

Graduate Courses

Some years I contribute to the core course in ecology and evolution, sometimes I teach a stand-alone course. In each case, I deal with phylogenetics-related topics. The stand-alone course delves into the topic and its applications in some detail with introduction to various computer programs such as winclada, TNT and MrBayes. The mark for this course is entirely based upon a research project undertaken by students individually in an area of relevance to their graduate research.

Undergraduate Courses

The information below is subject to change between years.

SC/ENVB4230 4.0, SC/BIOL4230 4.0
General Entomology

Description: The distinguishing characteristics, biology and systematics of insects. Three lecture hours, three laboratory hours. One term. Four credits.

Prerequisite: SC/BIOL2030 4.0

Course Director: Dr. L. Packer, LB 209A,
416-736-2100 ext. 22663

Text: Introduction of the Study of Insects, Borror and
DeLong, 7th edition

Summer term.
Lectures T, R
11:00 to 14:00
118 LB
Laboratories T, R
14:30 to 17:30
118 LB
  1. Midterm Exam, 15%
  2. Final Exam, 25%
  3. Chosen Insect Project, 5%
  4. Insect Collection, 50%
  5. Laboratories, 15%

SC/BIOL4255 3.0M, ES/ENVS4111 3.0

Description: We do not know the number of species on Earth, even to the nearest order of magnitude. This course discusses the factors that influence the number of species in an area and the importance of biodiversity to humanity. Two lecture hours, three laboratory hours. One term.

Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits towards a degree in Biology or Environmental Sciences.

Degree credit exclusions: SC/BIOL4170N 3.0,
EN/ENVS4111 3.0, EN/ENVS4800P 3.0, ES/ENVS4111 3.0.

Course Director: Dr. L. Packer, LB 209A,
416-736-2100 ext. 22663

Text: None!

Winter term.
Lectures T, R
11:30 to 12:30
303 SC
Laboratories T, R, F
14:30 to 17:30
128 LB
Grading: To be announced...

Field Courses

To be announced...

[Laurence in a good mood]
Dr. Laurence Packer
Ph.D. (Toronto)
Professor of Biology
416-736-2100 ext. 22663
[Packer Collection @ York University]
[Biology Department @ York University]
Lumbers Building 345
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J1P3, Canada