General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Molecular ecology
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Witold Wachowiak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor UAM
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code Mol-Eco


Module aim (aims)

1. To familiarize students with the application of molecular ecology in studies of genetic variation at the population level and genetic markers development
2. To familiarize students with the application of molecular ecology in evolutionary studies of species adaptive variation and population history
3. To familiarize students with the application of analytical methods and novel molecular biology approaches in molecular ecology
4. To familiarize students with theoretical assumptions and computational approaches used in molecular ecology research
5. To familiarize students with top examples of molecular ecology studies based on published research articles

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


Week 1-5 (Lectures)
Molecular ecology - growing resources and perspectives
Analysis of population history and evolutionary processes using molecular ecology approaches
The application of methodological approaches, novel molecular biology and analytical methods in molecular ecology
Molecular and adaptive variation in time and space
Practical applications of molecular ecology research.

Weeks 6-10 (Computer labs and Seminars)
Computer labs: Problem solving tasks with the application of computer programs and analytical approaches used in molecular ecology
Seminars: Presentation and discussion of scientific articles related to molecular ecology research

Reading list

1) Molecular Population Genetics (2018). Author: Matthew Hahn. Sinauer Associates (Oxford University Press)
2) “Molecular Ecology (2nd Edition)” (2011). Authors: Joanna R. Freeland, Stephen D. Petersen, Heather Kirk. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell