Biological Sciences 321ME - Conference Course: 'Molecular Ecology'

Molecular Ecology

Jason Andras

TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM

Mount Holyoke College
Kendade 203
Over the past quarter century, molecular genetic methods have become increasingly important in ecological research. In this course, we will examine contemporary molecular genetic tools and learn how they can be used to answer ecological questions. Topics will include: reconstruction of ancestral relationships; measuring the size, diversity, and spatial structure of populations; characterization of migration and dispersal patterns; and identification of sensitive or threatened species and populations. We will explore these themes through foundational texts and current scientific literature, and we will analyze molecular genetic datasets in class to gain familiarity with available techniques.

Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors; Prereq: BIOL-230 (or BIOL-210), and BIOL-223 or BIOL-226.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.