In May 2010, marine scientists and evolutionary biologists gathered on Santa Catalina Island (near Los Angeles, CA) to discuss climate change in the ocean and what evolutionary biology could contribute to the predictions being made about changes in distribution and biodiversity. A "white paper" was produced at the end that summarized some of this discussion; it was certainly not an end point, but a very informal beginning toward identifying the best paths for further research.
At the beginning of the semester the class will go through a (fun!) crash course in evolutionary biology which will serve as a great lead-in to the regular GENE 3000 lecture course they will be taking simultaneously. The rest of the semester will involve each student reading two papers a week: one assigned to everybody, and one that the student finds that meets their own particular interests related to the questions in the ECCO report linked above. Each week, the student will add what they have learned to this wiki in a way that builds a resource. This resource will reflect our current understanding of how the evolution of populations and species in the coming decades and centuries could ameliorate or contribute to the response of those populations to climate change, including changing temperatures, ocean acidification, etc.
photo by Chris Harley, related to a study on how global warming influences intertidal predation