Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Module code: BS3073

The study of ecology and evolution is being revolutionised by the application of modern molecular genetic techniques such as genome sequencing using next generation sequencing, and rapid genotyping methods (e.g. microsatellites and single nucleotide polymorphisms). These methods have become a very powerful means to study biodiversity and to aid the conservation and management of populations. This means understanding molecular genetic techniques is essential for biologists interested in pursuing careers in these areas as well as those interested in evolutionary biology. 

This module introduces modern molecular techniques of assessing genetic variation and explains how they can be used to investigate geographical patterns of genetic variation, genome evolution and behavioural ecology. The module also emphasises how molecular genetic analyses can be used to answer questions relating to conservation and the environment. The emphasis is very much on a how-to approach, but embedded within a solid theoretical foundation.

Learning

  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of seminars
  • 12 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 5 hours of tutorials
  • 109 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 1.5 hours (50%)
  • Student presented seminar (20%)
  • Practical reports (30%)