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Evolutionary Genetics


First organizational meeting

Day, time and location for the lectures

Educational objectives

This course will cover four main domains in modern evolutionary genetics - Bioinformatics, Molecular Evolution, Population Genetics and Quantitative Genetics. The joint treatment of the four domains in a single course provides an integrated training in Evolutionary Genetics. This discipline is nowadays of increasing importance in other biological fields such as Conservation Biology, Ecology, Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology, Behaviour Genetics, Epidemiology of infectious diseases and Evolutionary Biology in general. The course consists of both lectures and exercises. In the lectures we discuss concepts and methods based on research examples. The exercises should help to better understand the theoretical aspects and provide hands-on experiences.


Lecture notes will be provided (see below) but textbook(s) might be helpful to better understand parts of the course. We recommend the following books:

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Bioinformatics for Beginners
Genes, Genomes, Molecular Evolution, Databases and Analytical Tools
Edited by:Supratim Choudhuri
ISBN: 978-0-12-410471-6

A Primer of Ecological Genetics - Conner & Hartl

A Primer of Ecological Genetics
by Jeffrey K. Conner & Daniel L. Hartl
ISBN-10: 087893202X

Molecular Evolution - A Phylogenetic Approach

Molecular Evolution - A Phylogenetic Approach
by Roderic D. M. Page & Edward C. Holmes
ISBN 10: 0865428891 / 0-86542-889-1


To pass this course and obtain the credit points, participation on all four parts is required and the final grading has to be 4 or higher. The final grading will be deterimned by module assignments (1/3) and a written exam (2/3) at the end.

Specific content:

A) Bioinformatics (Jean-Claude Walser / Weeks 39-41 - Tue 14:15-17:00 and Thu 14:15-17:00)

Lecture Notes:

Exercises / Assignments:



B) Molecular Evolution (Michael Matschiner / Weeks 42-44 - Tue 14:15-17:00 and Thu 14:15-17:00)

C) Population Genetics (Jean-Claude Walser / Weeks 45-47 - Tue 14:15-17:00 and Thu 14:15-17:00)

D) Genotype-phenotype Interactions (Astrid Böhne / Weeks 48-50 - Tue 14:15-17:00 and Thu 14:15-17:00)

E) Student Presentations (Jean-Claude Walser, Michael Matschiner, and Astrid Böhne / Weeks 51 - Tue 14:15-17:00)