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SLE341 - Ecological and Conservation Genetics

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Craig Sherman





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Contact hours:

Campus: 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester, 4 x 2 hour seminars per trimester, 1-day (7 hour) fieldtrip.


In this unit students will cover the theory and practice of collecting and applying genetic data to ecological, evolutionary and conservation questions.  Students will learn how genetic data can be used to understand ecological and evolutionary processes that occur at the species, population and individual levels. Topics covered include population genetics, molecular approaches to behavioural ecology, molecular and adaptive variation, phylogeography, speciation and hybridization, conservation genetics, epigenetics and phenotypic plasticity. Drawing on examples from animals, plants and micro-organisms, students will apply their knowledge to specific problem based learning activities and will gain hands on experience in the statistical analysis of ecological genetic data.


3 x online quizzes 15%, problem solving written report 15%, scientific report 30%, examination 40%

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