832321 BOKU International wildlife lectures

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hackländer, Klaus
Offered in
Sommersemester 2020
Languages of instruction


Wildlife Species, Speciation and Management

Wildlife management relies on species as units, however speciation is a continuous evolutionary process. Management and conservation of animal resources should consider the evolutionary process, for better understanding of species and population dynamics. In this course, concepts of species will be discussed, as well as hybridization and introgression, maintenance of genetic diversity and local adaptation. Applications of genetic non-invasive sampling for species detection, population assignment, individual identification and kinship analyses will be presented. The classes will be based on paper reading and discussions.

Session I
Species concepts. Speciation, a continuous process. Definition of evolutionary significant units, management units and conservation units.
Session II
The role of anthropogenic and natural hybridization. Introgression and its consequences. Species identification.
Session III
Genetic non-invasive sampling. Population structure and assignment of individuals to populations. Individual identification. Effective population size and census size.

Session IV
Student presentations: critical analysis of scientific paper

Previous knowledge expected

Basics in genetics, ecology, and conservation biology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students understand the role of evolutionary processes in wildlife management. They are aware of key concepts in evolutionary biology, population genetics and new molecular methodologies for supporting wildlife management and conservation planning. Students can present scientific work orally and conduct a critical analysis of scientific literature.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.