Subject description for 2021/2022

Evolutionary Genetics (BI317F)

Evolutionary Genetics


Course description

Evolution is one of the central, unifying theories of biology and the principles of evolutionary/population genetics are highly relevant to marine ecology and fisheries science. However, marine ecologists seldom receive training in evolutionary genetics. The aim of this course is to make the field of evolutionary genetics relevant and accessible to the student of marine ecology by providing broad knowledge in the field of evolutionary genetics and developing an "evolutionary" way of thinking about marine ecology and fisheries science.

This course will cover the following topics: Introduction to Evolutionary Theory and Population Genetics, Genetic structure of population, Dispersal/Gene flow, Molecular markers, Genetic data analysis, Speciation/hybridization, Historical demography, Effective population size, Ecological Genomics, Fisheries induced evolution, and Conservation genetics.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:


The student should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the central and unifying role of Evolution in biology
  • the principles of population genetics and basic population genetics models
  • the use of molecular data and their analysis and the latest technological development in genomics
  • the role of the different evolutionary forces in shaping the population structure of marine species
  • the role humans as agent of selections, in particular the role of fisheries induced evolution for exploited marine species


The student should be able to

  • use population genetics / evolutionary models in the larger framework of marine biological sciences
  • analyze and interpret population genetics and phylogenetics data
  • gather the appropriate molecular data

General Competence

The student should be able to:

  • understand and use the terminology of evolutionary biology
  • understand and analyze textual material from wide ranges of sources
  • formulate questions clearly, evaluate evidence critically, and integrate ideas and concepts
  • communicate about technical issues, analysis and conclusion in evolutionary genetics

Course type

Compulsory: MSc in Marine Ecology.


All MSc students at Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University,  and students qualified for admission to the MSc in Biosciences.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, laboratory, computer-based exercises and student presentations.

Recommended prior knowledge

BI314F Molecular Ecology BI316F Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail
  • Presentation, comprises 20/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.
  • Written Examination, 4 hours, comprises 80/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Autumn 2021
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture