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300159 VO Conservation Genetics (2020S)

Konzepte und Anwendungen am Beispiel ausgewählter Arten , z.B. Wölfe, Tiger, Seeadler, Kondore

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German, English

Examination dates



The lecture will be given in German. If non-German speakers attend, it will be given in English.
The first meeting will be in the Kurssaal of the Natural History Museum Vienna, on Burgring 7, on March 5th, at 3pm.
The lecture itself will be given weekdays (10:00 - 12:00) from May 13 - 29.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture is an introduction to the population genetic and evolutionary foundations of what happens in small populations of endangered taxa. Central concepts comprise genetic diversity and its quantification, genetic drift, inbreeding, effective population size as well as anthropogenic impacts (habitat destruction, selective hunting, translocations etc.) and hybridisation. Measures to counteract the loss of genetic diversity will also be discussed. The contents of the lecture will be illustrated by means of examples taken from the scientific literature with a focus on mammals and birds (red deer, rhinos, elephants, tigers, eagles and condors, Eurasian rollers, kakapos, black grouse and others).

Assessment and permitted materials

Written or oral exam.
Update 12 June 2020: due to the covid-19 situation there will be oral, not written exams, between 9 and 12 on Wednesday, 24 June, and Tuesday, 30 June. Please register via uspace. The oral exams will be carried out with bigbluebutton and moodle and are linked to the moodle course of the lecture.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In written exam: a score of 50%.

Examination topics

Content of the lecture.

Reading list

Best introduction to the topic: Frankham et al., A Primer of Conservation Genetics.

Association in the course directory

MNB W-3, MEC-9, WZB, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04

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