|| BS34020 |
|| POPULATION AND CONSERVATION GENETICS |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Dr Glynis D Scott |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Dr James J Bell, Dr Joanne S Porter |
|| BS22120 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 24 Hours |
|| Other || 15 Hours Workshop. 5 x 3 hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper ||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| Course Work: Three coursework assignments ||30%|
|Semester Assessment||2 Hours Oral Examination: Oral presentation ||10%|
|Supplementary Assessment||3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper (plus resubmission of failed courswork or an alternative)|| |
On completion of this module, students should be able to write examination essays which demonstrate a clear appreciation of
the principles of population genetics
the application of genetics to conservation,
the basic principles of human population genetics,
be able to manipulate and interpret data, and solve problems relating to population genetics.
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 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 & changes in gene frequency). Approaches to conservation (Reserve Design. Species Vs Habitats) Metapopulations and population dynamics (Dispersive and systematic effects). Non-random mating & the consequences of inbreeding. The influence of humans on the populations of other species and on themselves (How the loss of biodiversity & genetic diversity affects ecosystem function & 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. Population Viability Analysis. Minimum Viable Population). Ex situ conservation (Gene banks - preserving genetic diversity for conservation. Reproductive technology).
** 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.
Frankham, R., Ballou, J.D. & Briscoe, D.A. (2002) Introduction to conservation genetics
Cambridhe University Press
This module is at CQFW Level 6