MOLECULAR ECOLOGY AND DEMOGRAPHY OF MARINE ORGANISMS

Second cycle degree in MARINE BIOLOGY

Campus: CHIOGGIA (VE)

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: LORENZO ZANE

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 7


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Population Genetics and Ecology.
Understanding of written and spoken english.
Examination methods: Written. Multiple choice questions and questions with short and essay type answers.
Course unit contents: The topics covered by the course will provide a link between marine population ecology and molecular ecology. The program will first highlight the traits of marine organisms relevant for population dynamics and for the determination of genetic variability and differentiation, and will then focus on the use of molecular markers for identification of individuals, stock, populations and species.
Molecular markers will be presented with a practical approach, including class and laboratory activity and literature analysis, with the aim of evidence the experimental approach currently used in molecular ecological studies, the kind of data produced and the available strategies for data analysis. The analysis of recently published papers will allow the student to understand the information that can be obtained using the molecular approach, with particular attention to individual identification, genetic tagging, historical demography and analysis of population differentiation.