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Alan Olav Bergland

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Biology
Office location and address
063A Gilmer Hall
90 Geldard Driv
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S., University of Oregon (Biology, with honors) 2004
B.S., University of Oregon (Philosophy) 2004
Ph.D., Brown University 2010
Postdoc, Stanford University 2010-2015
AS-BIOL The genetic and physiological architecture of rapid and cyclic adaptation
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of General Medical Science
August 01, 2016 – May 31, 2022
Genetics and evolution of photoperiodism in Drosophila melanogaster
Source: Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Resea
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2021
Making the best of both worlds: the functional effects and rapid evolutionary dynamics of cyclic parthenogenesis in the wild
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of General Medical Science
April 01, 2019 – March 31, 2020
BIOL 4610: Molecular Evolution: Diversity, Mutants, and the Biological Myth of Race
Credits: 3
Through the analysis of patterns of genetic variation in DNA, the field of Molecular Evolution seeks to gain insight into the fundamental evolutionary forces that generate, maintain, and remove genetic diversity. These forces shape the abundance of deleterious and beneficial mutations and reflect physical and behavioral differences between populations. In this course, we will dive into theoretical population genetics as a framework to develop an intuitive understanding of these evolutionary processes. We will apply this understanding to diversity among humans and all other life on earth. Prerequisite: BIOL3010, BIOL3020 required; STAT 2020 and calculus (MATH 1210, 1220, 1310, or 1320) suggested.
BIOL 4920: Independent Research in Biology
Credits: 2
Independent research for qualified undergraduates under the direction of a faculty member within the Biology Department. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
BIOL 4930: Distinguished Major Thesis Research
Credits: 2
This course is the final semester of Independent Research for participants of the Biology Distinguished Majors Program. During this semester, students will complete their laboratory investigations, ultimately presenting the sum of their work in a written thesis. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
BIOL 8070: Colloquium in Population Biology
Credits: 2
A weekly conference arranged around a current topic. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8083: Advanced Ecology and Evolution 3
Credits: 4
This course introduces grad students to a breadth and depth of concepts and theories in modern ecology and evolutionary biology. The couse is co-taught by two BIOL faculty each fall, with different faculty rotating into the course in alternate years, providing expertise in molecular population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, integrative biology, speciation, microevolution, life-history evolution, and mating systems.
BIOL 8240: Professional Skills for the Life Sciences I
Credits: 2
Introduces professional skills to first-year graduate students in the life sciences. This includes personal skills such as research management, ethics training and career awareness. Skills for communicating in science include small grant writing, poster creation and presentation. Emphasis will be placed on developing a scientific community that recognizes and values diversity.
BIOL 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
BIOL 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
BIOL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.