Current active subject description (last updated 2023/24)
Molecular Ecology
Current active subject description (last updated 2023/24)

Molecular Ecology


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.

Admission to the course follows the admission requirements of the study program Bachelor in Biology


  • 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

General competence

  • 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
In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera.
The course includes lectures, seminars, and laboratory exercises. Summaries of lectures and other relevant information will be posted on Fronter. Please note that participation at the seminars is crucial for the proper understanding of contents of the course.
The study programme is evaluated annually by students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation). These evaluations are included in the universitys quality assurance system.

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.