Course responsible:Simen Rød Sandve
Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås
Teaching and exam period:This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
About this course
Topics covered through lectures, group work, and exercises:
- Theoretical modell for how the evolutinoary forces, selection, drift, gene flow and mutation, drive genetic changes in populations and species.
- How we can use genetic markers to study evolution of populations and species: genetic basis for local adaptations, adaptive evolution of protein coding genes, population divergence
- Life history strategies and fitness
- Speciation theory
- Genome evolution: size and content
- Evolution and developmental biology
- can describe basic theory on how genetic variation is shaped by the four evolutionary forces: mutation, selection, drift, and gene flow
- can describe how the evolutionary forces work together and result in biologic variation, including natural adaptation, both within and between species
- can describe how genetic data can be used to study evolutionary and ecological questions
- can use the above-mentioned theoretical knowledge to interpret genetic and/or other biological data in the context of evolutionary biology
- can carry out simple analyses of DNA-sequence data, like constructing multiple sequence alignments and estimating phylogenetic trees
- solid theoretical knowledge to do master-level courses within population genetics, molecular evolution, breeding, ecology, and nature management
- Lectures, compulsory group work, and student presentations.
- Written examination, 3 hours, counts 100%. Compulsory assignments/group work must be approced before examination.
- Group work with compulsory supervision resulting in a written report.
- A combination of group work and lectures.
- Letter grades
- Special requirements in Science