812023 Population genetics and evolution of selected african fishes in Uganda (in Eng.)

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Masembe, Charles
Angeboten im Semester
Wintersemester 2019/20
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


This course will explore the use of population genetics principles in the study of variation within and among populations and the evolutionary forces that explain this variation in selected African fishes. Through the use of these principles, the evolutionary, differentiation patterns and potential use of the observations will be discussed. The course will investigate and discuss the recent advances in population genetics in selected African fishes.
Clarifying the question “What is an ideal population?” by talking about phenotypic and genotypic variation in natural populations, sources of data for variation, organisation of genetic diversity.
We will discuss what genetic diversity means, how genetic diversity can be measured and the usage of molecular markers.
In the lecture we will also define “What is evolution?” Therefore, evolutionary time scales will be presented as well as ichthyofaunal provinces of Africa.
Population genetics sequence data will be provided for class and group exercises to get in touch with genetic differentiation and gene flow and constructing and interpreting evolutionary trees.
Genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships of selected fishes in Uganda (Labeo victorianus, the Nile perch, Nile Tilapia, Barbus, and African catfish) are the central theme of the lecture.


Goal: To familiarize the student with population genetics in fisheries and aquaculture

The candidate will be in position to:
1.appreciate biological problems with the help of population genetics and principles
2.design a research project with a population genetics approach
3.conduct basic analyses and interpretation of population genetics data
4.critique population genetics scientific communications
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