932312 Genetics of diversity

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Sölkner, Johann
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Tentative lecture plan:

1Introduction to biodiversity
2Measuring genetic diversity
3Genetic variation and population size
4Genetic variation and population size – Selection, migration, drift
5Effective population size
6Population subdivision
7Relatedness and inbreeding
8Inbreeding and inbreeding depression
9Mid term summary;
10 Pedigree measures of diversity
11Units of conservation- Phylogenetic relationships
12Conservation strategies in farm animal genetic resources
13Evaluation of genetic diversity using genomic data

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Upon successful completion of this course the students will be able summarize the factors affecting genetic diversity on the population and individual level. They will be familiar with the distinguishing features of the idealized (Hardy-Weinberg), as opposed to real-world populations. Students will be able to describe, quantify and interpret the changes in genetic diversity parameters when specific requirements for the idealized populations are violated. The students will also understand the concept of additive genetic relationships between individuals and be able to solve practical exercises using pedigrees of various complexity. Students will understand the concept of conservation genetics, identify the reasons for the need of conservation of genetic resources in farm animals and wildlife, and distinguish between the various levels of protection based on the endangerment status.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.