General information

Module title Population and Ecological Genetics
Language EN
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Iwona Melosik
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 40


Module aim (aims)

I. The presentation of population prosperities from ecological and demographical points of view.
II. The presentation of factors that influence the genetic variability in populations.
III. The presentation of methods how genetic diversity within a population and among populations can be measured.

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


Week 1

Populations - basic terms and concepts

Week 2

Markers and data collection and organization of DNA sequences variation

Week 3

Hardy-Weinberg “law”
Systems of mating and their genetic consequences:

Week 4


Week 5

Genetic drift

Week 6

The Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution; modifications,

Week 7

Dispersal, gene flow

Week 8

Genetic population structure

Week 9


Week 10

Neutralist-selectionist controversy; Tests of The Neutral Theory.

Reading list

Hamilton M. 2012. Population Genetics. Wiley-Blackwell
Hedrick PW. 2004. Genetic of populations, 3rd ed., Jones and Bartlett Publisher, Inc.
Additional readings will be provided during the lecture.