Molecular Ecology and Evolution
An examination of the principles and methodologies of genetics and evolutionary biology, and their relationship to ecology.
|Prerequisites and Restrictions|| You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.
What you will learn
After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Understand and explain important scientific words and phrases used in molecular ecology and evolution.
- Outline the major themes in the history of molecular ecology and evolution.
- Describe the forces that influence the genetic structure of natural populations.
- Explain the causes and consequences of genetic diversity and evolutionary change.
- Describe how molecular data can be used to make inferences about ecology and evolution.
- Explain how these inferences are used to guide and inform conservation and wildlife management.
- Express your ideas about molecular ecology and evolution using appropriate scientific terminology, and be able to communicate these ideas effectively through oral and poster presentations.
- Be able to accurately extract relevant information from primary research literature.
- Analyse molecular and genetic data qualitatively and quantitatively, and solve problems in genetic analysis.
- Apply appropriate visualisation and statistical techniques to problems in molecular ecology and evolution.
- Construct a phylogenetic tree from comparative data using appropriate software.
- Design appropriate population management strategies using the basic principles of genetics and evolution.
- Link, integrate and begin to synthesise ideas across different levels of biological organisation.
- Connect your learning in this course to the content of other courses in your degree, and to topical issues in the news and public discourse.
- Plan an ecological field study and present a study proposal in written form.
- Articulate the important of evolution in biology in the context of the phrase “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”.
- Defend the need for empirical evidence and scientific literacy in making important decisions about conservation and wildlife management, especially relating to genetic diversity and evolutionary history.
- Demonstrate that you recognise the importance of ethical behaviour when conducting research in molecular ecology and evolution, and in how you apply the findings to conservation and wildlife management.
Associate Professor Adrian Paterson
Head of Department
Department of Pest Management and Conservation[email protected]