Contemporary problems and issues in genetics and physiology as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.
With the onset of next generation sequencing technologies, the focus of population genetics has shifted from the estimation of demographic parameters to the detection of local adaptation. By combining genome scans and controlled crosses, the fields of molecular genetics and quantitative genetics can at last be integrated. However, what are we really looking for with all these fancy techniques? What is local adaptation? What are potential mechanisms of adaptation? Is adaptation as relevant as we think for conservation and management? And what do the few model systems studied so far tell us about general patterns of adaptation? In this class, we aim to integrate classical models of adaption with new empirical data. We will discuss some of the theoretical literature on adaptation as well as modern insights into the process and its relevance. The class will be mostly student-led, with teams of students presenting papers of their choice and leading discussions. Some sessions will also feature invited speakers who will present case studies in their field of expertise.
Student learning goals
Obtain an integrated understanding of classical concepts and modern approaches in studies of local adaptation
Have a good understanding of the application annd interpretation of genetics and genomics to investigate local adaptation
Integrate classical concepts and modern approaches to adaptation
Be able to critically review published manuscripts
Be able to present and discuss published manuscripts in a wider context
General method of instruction
Teams of students will present papers of their choice in class, which will then be discussed by the whole class. Some external speakers will be invited who will share their own expertise on the topic
Each speaker will provide reading material, usually published reviews and empirical papers, which students should read before class.
Class assignments and grading
credit / no credit based on participation and presentation
Reading of papers and participation in the discussion is required to obtain credit for this class.