EEB 412 - Molecular Ecology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 305 and 390, or equivalents. Population genetics and ecology desirable.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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The proliferation of genetic markers in research in ecology and evolution has led to the formation of an integrative discipline called molecular ecology. This course explores key topics in molecular ecology through lectures, discussion of primary literature and analysis workshops. The topics include population structure, phylogeography, kinship, parentage, species discovery, ancient DNA, microbial ecology and community phylogeny. Students will learn to evaluate the utility and limitations of different DNA markers, and they will be encouraged to evaluate the use of these markers in their own research areas. Students should have some background knowledge in evolution, genetics and statistics. Students are expected to participate in workshops and student-led discussions. Students are also expected to do a research project that highlights use of DNA markers in their own area of interest. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, problem sets and presentations.

Intended audience: Advanced undergraduates and graduate students in EEB and SNRE.

Course Requirements: Problem sets and quizzes (30%): bi-monthly quizzes and problem sets highlight concepts presented in the lectures; problem sets will be drawn from a variety of sources, including population genetics textbooks, and teaching materials associated with the software packages (e.g. GenAlEx). Student project (20%): 5-10 page paper investigating the use of the molecular techniques in an area of interest to the student; potential topics must be discussed with instructor early in the term. Final exam (30%). Class participation (10%): based primarily on student’s preparation in leading discussion of a scientific paper. Class attendance (10%).

Class Format: Seminar format combines lectures, student-led discussion, and workshops involving data analysis and use of analytical software.

EEB 412 - Molecular Ecology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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