Wildlife Genetics


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Great Gray Owl

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Anna's Hummingbird



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Offered 2008-2013 by Dr. Holly Ernest
Next offered at UC Davis by Dr. David Neale
Check with Ecology Graduate Group administrator for more info:

Info for course offered in past 2008-2013:

Applied Ecological Genetics and GenomicsMtn Lion
For Ecology, Health, and Conservation
of Natural Populations

ECL242/PHR242 - Information about past offering
3 units
Instructor: Holly ErnestOak Tree

For students interested in learning how to use genetics to answer important conservation and ecological research questions

Invited: students in any graduate group including Animal Behavior, Animal Biology, Animal Behavior, Anthropology, Avian Sciences, Comparative Pathology, Ecology, Entomology, Epidemiology, Forensic Science, Genetics, Horticulture & Agronomy, Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Plant Science, Population Biology, and others.

Note that this course now taught by Dr. David Neale and others,
is a core course for Ecology Grad Group's
Area of Emphasis  (AOE) in
Ecological Genetics and Genomics

Contact the Ecology Graduate Group for more information

Text for Fall 2013

Required readings will be assigned in this book:Allendorf-etal_2012

Allendorf, Luikhard, and Aitken. 2013
Conservation and Genetics of Populations. Second edition
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN-13: 978-0470671450
Available UC Davis bookstore starting Fall 2013 and
book sellers such as Amazon.  Also on reserve at Shields Library.


Optional additional useful texts:

Freeland, Petersen, and KirkFreeland2011Book
Molecular Ecology. 2nd edition (beetle on cover). 2011
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell.
Available at UCD main book store and book sellers such as Amazon.
Available as Kindle edition via Amazon.

Frankham, Ballour, Briscoe.
Introduction to Conservation Genetics. 2nd edition (vulture). Cons Gen Book
Well written, detailed chapters for those who want more!
Cambridge Univ. Press. 2010


Beebee and Rowe 2008
Intro to Molecular Ecology, second edition (zebras)
Beebee&Rowe 2008 text
This book is getting a little dated, but it is still a great book for those
wanting a simpler introduction to the basics of genetics in ecology. 
Easy to read.

Books will be available on 2-hour reserve at Shields Library




Study design and sampling strategies
• Become facile in "language" of genetics & genomics - by end of course you'll be able to understand talks and communicate with collaborators in topic
Molecular tools for ecology including next generation sequencing, whole genome, microsatellites, mitochondrial DNA, etc
• Genetics of free-ranging organisms (animals, plants, microbes)
• Endangered species and invasive species
• Introduction to statistical analysis of ecological genetic data
• Molecular identification of individuals, parents, kinship, populations, species
• Conservation genetics; landscape genetics
• Population genetics and phylogeography for ecology
• Specialized ecological genetics/genomics: disease ecology genetics, microbial genetics, immunogenetics, and more.

Sessions in computer lab, discussion, and lecture; surveying the breadth of ecological genetics & genomics

For graduate students who are looking for an introduction to the how, when, where, why's of applications of genetics & genomics to ecological questions.
  • Learn how you can use genetic/genomic tools for graduate research and applied conservation
  • Get a great foundation in ecological genetics/genomics to support future careers (wildlife biology, resource management, academic positions, state-federal jobs, non-governmental organizations (NGO's), etc.) - even if you may not be actively planninglaboratory work -
  • This course is good for both "lab rats" and "non-lab rats".