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Next offered Fall 2013 at UC Davis Mtn Lion

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

3 units
Fall 2013 (Wed and Fri 10:00-11:50am)
Location 1132 Bainer
Instructor: Holly Ernest

All graduate students interested in ecological genetics & genomics welcome:
plant, animal, microbe, parasite, disease ecology, etcOak Tree

To Register:
Ecology graduate students sign up for ECL242 - CRN: 29983
Grad students in all other graduate groups sign up for PHR 242 CRN : 46002

If course is listed as full and there is a wait list, please email the Instructor - we'll see what we can do to get registered graduate students in.

Graduate students are invited!

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 is a core course for Ecology Grad Group's proposed new Area of Emphasis  (AOE) in
Ecological Genetics and Genomics

Email the instructor, Holly Ernest 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".