Conservation and the genetics of populations
Loss of biological diversity is often caused by human activities that affect ecology of species, such as habitat change, exploitation and spread of alien species.
The course is aimed at those who want to learn how to use population genetic methods to preserve biodiversity at population, species and ecosystem level
provides a background on how population genetic methods can be used in
conservation of biological diversity on different levels, i.e. population,
species and ecosystems. The usefulness of genetic tools and concepts in
conservation, as well as ecology, evolution and other fields of biology, is
continually expanding as new molecular technologies are developed at a high
rate. This course deals with how these methods can be applied in research and
management of natural resources.
The course deals
with the following parts:
- Importance of
biodiversity at population, species and ecosystem level
- Threats to,
and protection of, biodiversity
- Genetics and
Population genetic concepts and methods
Modern DNA technology and bioinformatics
- Current issues
in conservation biology such as: management and restoration of treasured and
cultivated species, identification and monitoring, red listing, inbreeding and
demographics, invasive species, climate change.