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300159 VO Conservation Genetics (2021S)

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

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie



Language: German, English



The lecture will be given daily (working days only) from 10.00 to 12.00 on the following days of May 2021: 3-7 May, 10-12 May, 14 May, 17-19 May. It is possible that the last one or two days will not be needed. If possible, I will record the lecture and put it online on Moodle.


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.
Due to covid-19 the exams will almost certainly be oral. They will then 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, B-WZB, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04

Last modified: We 05.05.2021 09:48