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Laboratory of Holly Ernest

Conservation Genomics

Conservation Genomics


beebirdGraduate Seminar next offered –
Fall 2018

Conservation Genomics Seminar

Time and location TBA


For Graduate students and postdocs interested in learning more to apply a diverse set of genomic tools to natural population conservation and management.

Wild animals, plants, microbes, fungi – all wild things with genomes.


Potential topics for reading and discussion this semester include (feel free to email ideas!): Genotyping-by-Sequencing, NGS, RADseq, whole genome Seq, Adaptive Genomics; high density SNP genotyping, Counting organisms, constructing pedigrees, pop gen using genomics; issues with trace DNA/e-DNA/mom-invasive DNA, molecular mark-recapture, Ne:Nc ratios; and/or Genomics and the Endangered Species Act; Genomics and Climate Change; Immuno-genomics; Forensic genomics; Disease Ecology Applications, Dealing with bioinformatics, errors, contamination, comparing genomic data to microsat/mtDNA/, etc

ECOL 5260 Sec 03 Ernest CRN TBA, or cross-listed as PATB 5120 Sec 01 Ernest   CRN TBA

Your choice of 1 – 3 units:

1) 1 unit – journal article discussion each week to build your understanding of applications, science and art of applying genomic DNA analyses to wild organism conservation. One hour class meeting per week.  Student-led discussions. Faculty facilitator.

2) 2 units – “Coffee Break Cons Gen” (chapter per week reading and discussion of Genetic Management of Fragmented Animal and Plant Populations. Frankham et al. 2017 plus the 1 unit activities above.

3) 3 units – 1 and 2 unit activities, plus either individual term project or small independent group work (teams meet every 1 to 2-weeks via Zoom or in person and every 2 weeks with faculty facilitator) to gain detailed deep knowledge about on focused specific cons gen topic, present group project during semester. Based on specific interests of members of each group.

  • Select S/U or letter grading – your choice (if need letter grades, check w/grad adviser)
  • Postdocs – you may have 1 free course/semester benefit with your employment here, if so, get enrolled and sign up for course.  Will consider postdoc auditors if registering is not an option for you.

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Contact: Dr. Holly Ernest, Professor, Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology