Dr. Ylenia Chiari
Dr. Ylenia Chiari
Assistant Professor


MSc, 2000
University of Pisa (Italy)

PhD, 2005
University of Konstanz (Germany)

Research Interests
Evolutionary Biology, Population Genomics & Herpetology


For more details, go to his research page.

Ecology and Evolution  (BLY 303)

The ecology section will emphasize biotic interactions within and among species, populations, and ecosystems as well as classic principles of ecology. The evolutionary section will focus on the evidence for evolution, history of evolutionary thought, and cover the major factors influencing evolutionary change. Where possible, principles of evolution and ecology will be integrated.

Herpetology  (BLY470)

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction on the study of amphibians and reptiles (herpetology). This course will focus on the systematics, natural history, biogeography, ecology, physiology, and conservation of herpetofauna. One of the objectives of this course is also to learn and identify representative specimens during the laboratory class.

Vertebrate Form and Function  (BLY 490)

This course will focus on the comparative anatomical evolution of vertebrates. Anatomical features will be analyzed in the light of their adaptation and ecological and physiological performance.

Island Biology and Conservation  (BLY 490 - Summer 2017) 

This 2 week summer course co-taught with Dr. Scott Glaberman will take place in the Galapagos Islands. Students will receive classroom and field instruction on the unique biodiversity of island systems and how this diversity has been generated by evolutionary processes. Emerging issues in conservation and global change on islands will also be discussed. Field trips will be taken to observe the many biological attractions of the Galapagos Islands, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles.

Conservation Genetics  (BLY 490 - Fall 2017)

The goal of this course, open to undergraduate and graduate students, is to provide an introduction to the genetic principles involved in conservation and on the tools used to apply these principles for conservation measures. The course covers topics such as the use of genetic data to resolve taxonomic uncertainties, detect instances of species hybridization, to genetically manage threatened or captive species, detect inbreeding, loss of fitness, and loss of genetic diversity. The goals of this course are to provide students the necessary background to understand how genetic principles are applied in conservation and the tools used in conservation genetics and genomics. This course will be useful to students interested in species conservation and wildlife management, as well as to students who want to improve their understanding of population genetic and phylogenetic principles, tools, and applications. This course will include lectures and laboratories consisting in data collection and analyses.