General information

Module title Conservation genetics
Language EN
Module lecturer Mateusz Konczal
Lecturer's email mateusz.konczal@amu.edu.pl
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 45
ECTS 4
USOS code 01-CONSERV-PIE

Timetable

Module aim (aims)

• Explaining the significance of genetics in nature conservation
• Explaining theory of population and evolutionary genetics applicable for nature conservation
• Presenting applications of genetic technologies in conservation efforts
• Discussing publications illustrating examples of conservation genetic studies
• Familiarizing students with basic software for conservation genetics

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Syllabus

Lecture 1: Introduction to conservation genetics – history, aims, conservation biology and role of new technologies in nature conservation
Lecture 2: Genetic variation in natural populations - what does it mean and how to measure it?
Lecture 3: Mechanisms generating and shaping genetic variation in populations – overview
Lecture 4: Genetics consequences of small population size – genetic drift, inbreeding depression and extinction risk
Lecture 5: Genetics consequences of population fragmentation and demography inference
Lecture 6: Genetics of invasive species and genetic consequences of hybridization
Lecture 7: Genetics of urbanization and genetic basis of adaptation
Lecture 8: Genetics and genomics of endangered species – aims and challenges Lecture 9: Genetics of population reintroduction and units of conservation Lecture 10: Sequencing technologies in species monitoring (barcoding, eDNA, individuals recognition) and molecular tools for saving species in the wild – current usage and future directions

Seminar 1: Discussing examples of scientific articles in the field of conservation genetics
Seminar 2: Discussing examples of scientific articles in the field of conservation genetics
Seminar 3: Open discussion about potential usage of genetic methods in defined by students issues concerning nature conservation
Computer class 1: demonstration of the basic software applicable in conservation genetics
Computer class 2: demonstration of the basic software applicable in conservation genetics

Reading list

Frankham R, et al.: Introduction to conservation genetics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010
Allendorf G. and Luikart G: Conservation and the genetics of populations, Blakcwell publishing, 2007