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Laboratory of Holly Ernest

Conservation Genomics

Conservation Genomics


beebirdGraduate Seminar offered –
Fall 2017

Topics in
Conservation Genomics


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 based on student choices:
Counting organisms using genomics includes trace DNA, molecular mark-recapture, Ne:Nc; and/or Genomics and the Endangered Species Act; Genomics and Climate Change; Immuno-genomics; Forensic genomics

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 time per week.
  2. 2-3 units – the activity listed above, plus active student participation (provide presentations and study assignments). Additional 30 min class time per week.
  • ECOL 5260 Sec 03 Ernest CRN 17391, or cross-listed as:
  • PATB 5120 Sec 01 Ernest   CRN 17336
  • Select S/U or letter grading – your choice (if need letter grades, check w/grad adviser)
  • Currently I need everyone to register for class (new UW requirements, need minimum # registrants). Postdocs – you may have 1 free course/semester benefit with your employment here, if so, get enrolled and sign up for course.  May consider postdoc auditors but no promises until have good # registrations.
  • Time and location on campus TBA: Email Dr. Holly Ernest ( that you signed up and I’ll send out a scheduling poll to find a common good time to meet for class.

Conservation genomics charts and image
Your Conservation Genomics Tour Guide: Dr. Holly Ernest, Professor, Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology

Download a PDF about the course here