Principles of Population Genetics in Natural Populations

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMMB005-05
Vaknaam Principles of Population Genetics in Natural Populations
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b (15-11-2021 till 05-12-2021)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Principles of Population Genetics in Natural Populations
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:

1) select the appropriate population genetic approach to address specific (applied and basic) research questions in conservation and ecology.

2) apply and parameterize commonly employed population genetic software to analyse population genetic data.

3) interpret the results obtained from analyses of population genetic data (genotype and sequence data).

4) critically assess own and published inferences drawn from analyses of population genetic data.
Omschrijving The course consists of lectures, in-depth reading and discussion of original research papers as well as practical (non-graded) computer exercises.

Each week we will focus on different specific applications of population/individual-based genetic data in conservation, ecology and behavior, such as individual identification and parentage analysis; delineation of management units and population structure; long and short-term abundance; as well as detection of selection/adaptation in genomic data.
Students will prepare by reading a publication of a pre-selected case study each week, make a brief presentation on the specific approach and chair the subsequent discussion of the approach and case studies. Each week students will use common computer software (used during the afternoon computer practicals) to analyze data for a weekly, graded assignment relevant to the weekly case study and practicals.

In the last week, students will be tasked with conducting a review of a published study and present the study and their review during an oral presentation followed by Q&As.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures and and (non-graded) computer practicals. Unjustified absence above 10% results in a fail grade.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P)
(The final grade is based upon three graded week assignments (30%, 30% and 40% of final grade, respectively). The expected results for the two first assignments are presented during the (following) Monday lecture. Feedback and "solutions" to the last (oral) presentation is provided in-person right after presentation.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. P.J. Palsboll
Docent(en) prof. dr. P.J. Palsboll ,dr. J.P. van der Zee
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selected chapters in "A Primer of Molecular Population Genetics"
1 2019
Asher D. Cutter 9780198838944 €  54,00
3 primary research papers
Lecture hand-outs and software manuals
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired in the courses Genes and Evolution as well as Conservation Biology, degree programme(s) Undergraduate major in Ecology and Evolution.
Opmerkingen The course is mandatory for the first year students in the degree programme(s) MSc in Marine Biology.
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Max 50 students
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Ecology and Conservation  (Electives/optional modules) - semester I b keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Evolutionary Biology  ( Track Evolutionary Biology) - semester I b verplicht
MSc Marine Biology: Research  ( Track Research) - semester I b verplicht
MSc Marine Biology: Science, Business and Policy  (Track Science, Business and Policy) - semester I b verplicht