Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics
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On successful completion you will be able to
- Explain why and how genetic factors have key importance in conservation biology
- Apply conservation genetic theory in order to propose management strategies for both wild and captive populations
- Synthesise and evaluate information on contemporary topics in conservation and evolutionary genetics
- Explain the importance of genetic diversity, and identify the phenomena that influence and maintain genetic diversity in population
- Identify and apply appropriate statistical formulae to solve questions in conservation and evolutionary genetics
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
130cp at 1000 level or above including BIOX2110
- Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subject offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.
Ongoing advances in molecular technology, statistics and bioinformatics have revolutionized our ability to gather and apply genetic information. This unit deals with the distribution of genetic variation among individuals, populations and species, and the relevance of such variation to evolutionary processes. Specific topics include selection and adaptive potential; mutation; inbreeding; population divergence; speciation; effective population size and extinction risk. Approaches to the study of genetic variation are explored at levels ranging from pedigree analysis to molecular genomics. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of evolutionary genetics to the conservation, management and restoration of wild populations.
- Commentary Article (5%)
- Seminar (15%)
- Scientific Report (20%)
- Problem tests (30%)
- Final Examination (30%)
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