Courses Catalogue

Conservation Genetics

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description



This course addresses contemporary issues in conservation genetics including the genetic consequences of small population size, the genetic consequences of hybridisation and introgression, the role of genetics in species recovery, and the genetic management of captive and wild populations in collaboration with diverse end-users.




Conservation of Biodiversity does not stop at species and ecosystem but also genetic level. This course helps students internalize the evolution of species and know how important promoting conservation at genetic level is also vital. It introduces the important of storing genes to help hybridization to take place.




By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and explain the Pre-Darwinian theories of Evolution
  • Explain Darwin’s contribution to the current theory of evolution
  • Explain how Darwin’s theory explains the formation of New species
  • Differentiate Darwin’s theory of evolution from other theories of evolution
  • Explain the various evidences in support of evolution
  • Explain the different types of Natural selection
  • Describe the major genetic issues in conservation Biology
  • Discuss the application of genetics in the different aspects of biodiversity conservation




A student completing the course is expected to:

  • Explain why and how genetic factors have key importance in conservation biology;
  • Explain the importance of genetic diversity, and identify the phenomena that influence and maintain genetic diversity in populations;
  • Identify and apply appropriate statistical formulae to solve questions in conservation and evolutionary genetics;
  • Apply conservation genetic theory in order to propose management strategies for both wild and captive populations;
  • Prepare presentations (both written and oral) that synthesize information on contemporary topics in conservation and evolutionary genetics;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages, limitations and uses of genetic data to address issues of conservation concern. (assessment tasks: tweets, group presentation, final exam)
  • effectively communicate contemporary issues in conservation genetics including the genetic consequences of small population size, intra- and interspecific hybridisation, and the resolution of taxonomic uncertainties to diverse end-users.