|Module Title||POPULATION AND CONSERVATION GENETICS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Simon Creasey|
|Other staff||Dr Glynis Giddings|
|Course delivery||Lecture||24 Hours|
|Workshop||3 Hours 3 x 3 hours|
|Practical||2 Hours Two 3-hour|
|Assessment||Exam||3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper||60%|
|Course work||Three coursework assignments||30%|
|Oral examination||2 Hours Oral presentation||10%|
|Resit assessment||3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper (plus resubmission of failed courswork or an alternative)|
Aims and objectives
To provide the theoretical background for understanding population genetics and its relevance to conservation. To inform of the way in which molecular techniques can be used for the management of rare and threatened species. To motivate students, by considering the how population genetics is used for the management of particular endangered species, and by considering how medicine and health care has affected the genetic makeup of human populations.
Review of basic population genetics (Hardy Weinberg and changes in gene frequency). Approaches to conservation (Reserve Design. Species vs Habitats). Metapopulations and population dynamics (Dispersive and systematic effects). Non-random mating and the consequences of inbreeding. The influence of humans on the populations of other species and on themselves (How the loss of biodiversity and genetic diversity affects ecosystem function and environment; Do GMOs present a risk to the environment? Host - parasite interactions; medicine and health care influences on human populations). In situ conservation (The use of molecular markers. Extinction and preservation). Ex situ conservation (Gene banks - preserving genetic diversity for conservation. Reproductive technology).
On completion of this module, students should be able to write examination essays which demonstrate a clear appreciation of
** Recommended Text
Cook, L.M.. (1991) Genetics & ecological diversity. Chapman & Hall.
Hoelzel, A.R. & Dover, G.A.. (1991) Molecular genetic ecology. Oxford University Press.
Hartl, D.L. & Jones, E.W.. (1998) Genetics: Principles and analysis. 4th. Jones & Bartlett.
Snouls, M.. (1987) Viable populations for conservation. Cambridge University Press.
Snustad, Simmons & Jenkins. (1997) Principles of genetics. John Wiley & Sons.