832007 Genetics in game management and wildlife conservation

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2019/20
Languages of instruction


Genetics provide reliable tools for gathering relevant biological
information for game management and species conservation, namely for
assessing taxon identification, genetic diversity, inbreeding,
population structure, demography, dispersion, as well as for inferring
population size and detecting hybridization. In this course, fundamental
concepts will be given on sample collection and preservation; DNA
extraction and amplification; molecular markers; population genetics;
inbreeding; hybridization; genetic diversity and local adaptation.
Applications mostly will focus on game and threatened species, and will
include the use genetic non-invasive sampling (gNIS) for species
detection, population assignment, individual identification and parental
analysis. The course will be based on lectures, scientific papers
reading and discussions.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students understand the potential role of genetics in game management
and species conservation. They are aware of concepts in evolutionary
biology, population genetics and new molecular methodologies for
supporting wildlife management and conservation planning. In addition,
students improve their capacity of oral communication and critical
analysis of scientific literature.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.