ECOLOGICAL GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
Credit points: 15
This subject introduces students to advanced ecological genetics and evolutionary theory applicable to all forms of life. It covers:
(1) the origin, maintenance and distribution of genetic variation in natural populations;
(2) evolutionary genetics of speciation and adaption in natural populations;
(3) methods and applications of techniques in phylogenetic inference, including phylogeography and divergence time estimation;
(4) the application of genomic techniques to ecology and evolution.
There is no practical component to this subject, it is theory only. Students wishing to undertake a hands-on research component are encouraged to also enrol in the sister subject EEE3PRJ which entails a semester long project.
SchoolSchool of Life Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Hoebee
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Prerequisites GEN2EGE or GEN2EEG
Incompatible subjects GEN3EEG
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Evolutionary Analysis (5th Ed)||Recommended||Herron & Freeman, 2015||Pearson|
|Readings||A Primer of Ecological Genetics (3rd Ed)||Recommended||Hartl, 2011||Sinauer|
|Readings||An Introduction to Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics||Recommended||Bromham, 2016||Oxford|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Demonstrate knowledge, through explanation and discussion, of genetic concepts pertinent to ecology and evolution
- Students are taught about ecological and evolutionary theory and provided with examples during lectures and through associated readings and online education sites. Concept comprehension will be demonstrated in all assessment tasks, with the quizzes and literature review acting as feedback supplied through the semester for students to gauge their understanding prior to the final exam.
02. Produce a grammatically correct, well structured, coherent and scientifically accurate scientific literature review (c. 1750 words)
- Students will be given written and verbal guidance on review writing through the subject handbook, online via LMS as well as during lectures. They will be provided with information about ethical behaviour (e.g. avoid plagiarism) pertinent to and essay submission will be via turnitin.
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Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Hoebee
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Final 2 hr written exam (word equiv. 2000)||50||01|
|4 x online quizzes, 5% each (word equiv. 600)||20||01|
|Mid-semester essay (word equiv. 1750)||30||02|