NTRES 3400

NTRES 3400

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

Molecular genetics has become one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences, and application of molecular methods has spread to virtually all fields of modern biology. In this course, we will examine how DNA analysis and modern 'omics' technologies can be used to address important issues in ecology, conservation, and natural resource management such as identification of species, populations, and individuals, reconstruction of phylogenetic and kinship relationships, and inference of migration patterns, behavior, and abundance. The focus will be on practical applications, and students will develop both a theoretical understanding of the methods and hands-on experience with all steps from sample collection, molecular biology laboratory techniques, data analysis, and communication of results.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: One semester of introductory genetics (e.g. BIOMG 2800 or NTRES 2830) is recommended, but not required.

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)

  • Identify the major types of genetic variation, their function in the genome, and their utility for molecular ecological analyses
  • Explain and perform basic molecular biology laboratory techniques such as DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and gel electrophoresis
  • Analyze raw molecular sequence and genotyping data and interpret the results in an applied context
  • Summarize the strengths and limitations of molecular ecological methods and identify scientific questions in ecology, conservation, and natural resource management that can be addressed with a molecular approach

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4428NTRES 3400  LEC 001

  • Prerequisite: One semester of introductory genetics (e.g. BIOMG 2800 or NTRES 2830) are recommended, but not required.

  •  4429NTRES 3400  LAB 401