BZ3450 - Ecological and Conservation Genetics
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
The continuing development of genetic techniques over recent years has opened new
and exciting avenues in research in ecology and conservation. A rounded education
in any ecological or conservation field requires awareness of the current use and
future potential of genetic techniques. This subject introduces the student to these
uses. Uses of molecular phylogenies and population genetic data will be introduced
to demonstrate how these can trace the evolutionary history of a group and assist
in biodiversity and conservation studies. Factors affecting the genetic structure
of species will be covered, including the effects of social structure and population
subdivision on gene flow. There is an emphasis on the use of genetic approaches to
setting conservation priorities and in management of endangered populations.
- to develop an understanding of the underlying genetic architecture of organisms and
how this reflects and influences evolutionary processes;
- to develop an understanding of the use of molecular information to devise and test
- to develop an understanding of the ways in which genetic data can be collected and
analysed to answer questions about the ecological and social structure of a species;
- to develop an understanding of the ways in which genetic principles can be applied
to the management of natural and genetically modified resources.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of level 2 science
including genetics (BS2470 and/or BC2023) and/or biochemistry (BC2013) or equivalents,
including knowledge of genetic inheritance, principles of evolutionary analysis and
a fundamental understanding of whole organism biology.
||BS2470 OR BZ2420 OR BC2023 OR BC2013
|AG3003 AG5003 BZ5450
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Dr Megan Higgie
||Professor Kyall Zenger, Dr Megan Higgie, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours lectures
- 36 hours practicals
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (50%); practical reports and assignments (50%).
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest