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BZ5450 - Ecological and Conservation Genetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to postgraduate science students.

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • practical reports and 3000 word assignment - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Tutorial task - (20%) - Individual.
Students must have a good understanding of GENETICS and EVOLUTION which includes knowledge of DNA structure, microevolutionary processes, genes and heredity and genetics of populations. BS5470 or BC5101 or BS2470 or BC2023 or BC3101 SC2209 or will have acquired equivalent knowledge through industry experience.
AG3003 AG5003 BZ3450


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Professor Kyall Zenger
Lecturers: Professor Kyall Zenger, Dr Megan Higgie.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 36 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: 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 official information.