Conservation genetics

Course Code :2001WETCOG
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:60
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Jeffrey Pereboom
Peter Galbusera
Philippe Helsen

3. Course contents *

Biological diversity decreases worldwide at an increasing speed as a consequence of human activities. Conservation genetics studies the processes in small and isolated populations affecting genetic diversity, its fitness consequences and approaches to minimize fitness loss. Loss of genetic diversity not only induces problems of inbreeding, but also compromises the ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of this relatively young discipline and will acquire basic skills to perform population genetic analyses and critically evaluate scientific literature.