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Molecular Ecology



Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-04 - 2021-06-18

Course description

  • Methods to investigate genetic variation in DNA and proteins.
  • Understanding molecular markers; how to choose the proper marker to study a particular problem.
  • Population genetics: genetic diversity, inbreeding, natural selection, population structure, gene flow, and local adaptations. Ecologically important traits and adaptive variation.
  • Phylogeography: the study of population histories.
  • Behavioural ecology: mating systems and sex biased dispersal.
  • Conservation biology: taxonomy, conservation units, and how to preserve genetic diversity.
  • Laboratory exercises give an introduction to DNA isolation, PCR, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics.


Admission to the course follows the admission requirements of the study program Bachelor in Biology

Recommended prior knowledge

Knowledge in Molecular Cell Biology (equivalent to BI210F) and in Genetics and Evolution (equivalent to BI122F)

Learning outcomes


  • be familiar with the molecular markers and techniques applied within molecular ecology
  • know the basic characteristic of commonly used molecular markers
  • have basic knowledge about the theoretical and practical developments of molecular ecology based on the increasing availability and scope of genetic markers
  • know about the most relevant sources of information in the field


  • be able to apply basic practical and analytical methods of molecular ecology, including laboratory techniques and bioinformatics tools, to specific problems
  • be able to acquire updated knowledge within the field of molecular ecology
  • be able to assess and discuss relevant studies within the field

General competence

  • be able to identify problems that can be effectively addressed using molecular ecology approaches
  • be able to choose the most appropriate molecular markers and techniques to study particular groups of organisms and ecological problems
  • be able to convey essential topics, exchange experiences, and keep updated within the field of molecular ecology


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