Wildlife Genetics


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Great Gray Owl

Mtn Lion

Anna's Hummingbird



Red-shouldered Hawk

White-tailed deer

Galápagos hawk

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Teaching and Education Outreach to Public

   Holly Ernest DVM PhD


Genetics for Wildlife Disease Ecology Resource list Oct 2013
Handout accompanying session at The Wildlife Society Annual Conference.


Applied Ecological Genetics and Genomics
ECL242/PHR242  for graduate students
Fall 2013  (Wed and Fri i 10:00-11:50am)
Introduction to Genetics & Genomics for Ecology, Health, and Conservation of Natural Populations
More info here
Contact: Holly Ernest

Landscape Genetics with GIS and Software
Might be next taught 2015 - check back for info later
taught with Dr. Karen Beardsley (ICE)
Applied computer lab course using ArcGIS and Landscape genetics and population genetics software.
Students learn with real data sets
Contact: Holly Ernest

Concepts for Applied Landscape Genetics
Might be next taught 2015 - check back for info later
ECL 290 - participatory seminar - concepts & literature to accompany ECL2xx Landsc Gen course above
Student Participatory Seminar. Student driven and presented topics include: journal papers, use and application of software for landscape genetic data analysis; pop genetics; spatial analysis of genetic data
Contact: Holly Ernest

Molecular Genetic Markers for Ecology, Conservation, and Population Health
ECL 290 for graduate students - has been offered periodically in past when need presents or students are interested
*Note that all of this material presented in ECL242 (course above) so perhaps no longer needed as ECL290*
Student Participatory Seminar. Student driven and presented topics include a survey of the range of molecular genetic tools and techniques (primarily DNA-based) used in ecological studies (Whole Genome, SNPs, microsatellites, sequence data, introns, AFLP, gene expression markers, cDNA, and lots more!).
Contact: Holly Ernest

ECL290's - just ask
ECL 290 for graduate students - participatory seminar
Possible Topics
- anything involving DNA, genetics, and nature
- migration genetics for birds
- wild bird genetics, diseases, health
- genetics for disease ecology

Course Notes - Population Genetic Software Winter 2007
How, when, why's of using many different computer programs for wildlife population and relatedness genetics.

Course Notes - Population Genetic Software Winter 2004

Opportunities for Graduate, Undergraduate, and Veterinary Students

Conservation Education Outreach to Public

Hummingbird Health Program

Public involvement with science and natural history projects for hummingbird biology, health, and conservation


Magpie Monitors
bringing science and conservation of our local birds to Davis, Central Coast, and California Central Valley communities.


White-tailed Kite and Yellow-billed Magpie  White-tailed Kite and Yellow-billed Magpie2

First graders learn about
wildlife veterinary medicine and conservation


Hummingbird Population Research & Conservation

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