Methods to investigate genetic variation in DNA and proteins.
Understanding molecular markers; how to choose the proper marker to study a particular problem.
Population genetics: genetic diversity, inbreeding, natural selection, population structure, gene flow, and local adaptations. Ecologically important traits and adaptive variation.
Phylogeography: the study of population histories.
Behavioural ecology: mating systems and sex biased dispersal.
Conservation biology: taxonomy, conservation units, and how to preserve genetic diversity.
Laboratory exercises give an introduction to DNA isolation, PCR, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics.
- be familiar with the molecular markers and techniques applied within molecular ecology
- know the basic characteristic of commonly used molecular markers
- have basic knowledge about the theoretical and practical developments of molecular ecology based on the increasing availability and scope of genetic markers
- know about the most relevant sources of information in the field
- be able to apply basic practical and analytical methods of molecular ecology, including laboratory techniques and bioinformatics tools, to specific problems
- be able to acquire updated knowledge within the field of molecular ecology
- be able to assess and discuss relevant studies within the field
- be able to identify problems that can be effectively addressed using molecular ecology approaches
- be able to choose the most appropriate molecular markers and techniques to study particular groups of organisms and ecological problems
- be able to convey essential topics, exchange experiences, and keep updated within the field of molecular ecology
Compound evaluation, grading scale Letter grades
- Compulsory participation - 5 days laboratory, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Approved/ Not approved.
- Assessments Task - lab reports, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Approved/ Not approved.
- Written Examination, 4 hours, comprises 100/100 of the grade, grading scale Letter grades.