Applications of molecular techniques to questions in ecology, evolution, and natural resource management, with emphasis on advanced genome-enabled technologies and the analysis and interpretation of genetic data. Includes weekly discussion of empirical papers, and preparation/peer-review of a proposal Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with OCEAN 574; A.
This class aims to present molecular approaches from different disciplines (genomics, microbiology, ecology, population genetics) and encourage students to think about potential applications of these approaches in their own field of study.
Specifically, the class has three major aims: To provide students with a broad overview of current molecular methods To foster interdisciplinary interaction among students To prepare students for their own molecular research
The course should be particularly beneficial for students using or planning to use molecular methods in their dissertation research. It will also be important, however, for those who wish to enhance their familiarity with molecular methods.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction will be by lectures including real life examples of molecular studies, reading and discussion of primary literature and potentially computer labs.
There are no specific prerequisites for this class. It will be assumed that students have had general undergraduate training in chemistry and biology including basic genetics. Some prior exposure to the basics of molecular biology would also be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
The major assignment for the course is a research proposal written in the format of a grant proposal, due at the end of the quarter. To ensure that students are "on track" developing their proposals, and to give them feedback on proposal development, a preliminary outline of the research proposal is also required, and due early in the quarter. There will also be short readings designed to reinforce subjects covered in lectures. One take home exam will be given.
In class discussion participation 5% Paper presentation 10% Proposal outline 5% Proposal 20% Peer review of proposal 10% Revised proposal 20% Final take home exam 30%