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By understanding evolutionary biology, we gain a better understanding of biological problems that are impacting ours lives in the present and can contribute to the improvement of our lives. In this Lifelong Learning at Home lecture, we will look the following questions:

  • What is evolution?
  • What is natural selection?
  • What is the evidence of evolution?

Sessional instructor Marcia Chaudet will introduce you to evolutionary biology and the importance of understanding this field of study.

Lecture Video


Review the lecture transcript.

Further Reading and Resources


The following science fiction reading allow us to reflect on evolution and what future evolution may look like:

The Last Evolution is a short story that asks us to consider what might be the next steps in human evolution, and whether they may involve the technology that we have come to depend on so much.


About the Instructor

Marcia Chaudet is an Educational Developer in Teaching and Learning at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also a sessional instructor in Laurier’s Department of Biology and has taught a range of biology and science undergraduate courses. She received her PhD in Science from the University of Waterloo and focused her research on the role of bacteria in human sugar digestion. Through her research and teachings in the sciences she strives to invoke student’s sense of curiosity in science and question the world of biology that surrounds them.

About Lifelong Learning at Home

Lifelong Learning at Home is a free weekly series featuring pre-recorded lectures from some well-known Laurier faculty and community experts. Visit the Lifelong Learning at Home section to explore other lectures and to find out more about this limited series offered by the Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning.

Lifelong Learning at Home was created to connect people through lifelong learning during this time of unprecedented challenges. Many Laurier students are experiencing significant financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are in a position to do so, you can help us support our students by donating to Laurier's COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which provides emergency financial support, health and wellness support and teaching and learning support during this challenging time.