Evolutionary & Conservation Genetics
Course Content and Outline
1. Definition of evolution, the evolutionary calendar and pre-Darwinian theories of evolution
2. Darwin’s expedition to the Galapagos Islands, his findings and how they led to formulation of the theory of evolution by Natural selection
3. Evidences for evolution
4. Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection and Larmack’s theory of evolution
5. The different types of Natural selection
6. Definition of conservation Genetics; Definition of biodiversity and reasons for its conservation.
7. The extinction vortex and how genetics is used to minimize extinction
8. The role of the world conservation Union and the criteria for species conservation
9. Use of genetics in identifying populations at risk; the case study of the Florida Panther, the Gir lions and the cheetah
10. Use of genetics in resolving population structure: The case study of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and Hector’s Dolphin
11. Use of genetics in resolving taxonomic uncertainties: The case study of the endangered Tuatara in New Zealand.
12. The role of genetics in detecting hybridization: The case study of the gray wolf, the red wolf and coyotes in North America
13. Non-intrusive sampling for genetic analyses and use of genetics in wildlife forensics: the case study of illegal hunting of whales in Japan and Korea.
14. Use of genetics in understanding species biology; Molecular markers in conservation.
MODE OF DELIVERY
· Lectures and discussions
· Experiments and laboratory activities
· Laboratory reports
· Reading and problem assignments
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT
· Whiteboard and Markers
· Flip Charts
· LCD Projectors
· CDs, DVDs and Tapes