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 FISH 542; A.
To gain knowledge of a range of molecular techniques applicable in areas including kinship analysis, population genetics, evolution, systematics and genomics. To learn what various techniques accomplish, how they work, when to use them, and the relative merits of various approaches. To gain experience in designing experiments and writing a research proposal.
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 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 around mid-quarter. There will also be short readings designed to reinforce subjects covered in lectures. Two exams will be given.
Proposal outline 10% Exam 1 25% Exam 2 25% Research proposal 30% Discussion Participation 10%