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    Molecular Ecology

    Spring 2018

    Tuesday/Thursday 930-1045, Ecology Conference Room

    General structure - 3 units, lecture and discussion, short writing and computational exercises, each unit N groups are assigned to work on a presentation that synthesizes and explores the natural history of how a particular statistic tells a larger story. The context for their own work at some point.


    Resources:

    http://www.molecularecologist.com - reading posts, learning who is out there and what they use this approach for


    Unit 1 - alpha diversity


    Week 1 - January 4


    introductions, baseline evaluation, goals for class, format of class

    reading for next class: Chap 1/2 Freeland


    Week 2 - Jan 9/11

    models - IAM, ISM, SMM, and so on - all markers have pro/con on affordability, number, and so on


    HWE


    Week 3 - Jan 16/18


    parentage/relatedness/heritability


    Week 4 - Jan 23/25


    coalescent theory where that takes us, theta and Ne


    Week 5 - Jan 30/Feb 1


    tests for selection, evaluating how they behave
    metabarcoding, eDNA - molecular sensing

    Unit 2 - beta diversity


    Week 6 - Feb 6/8


    Week 7 - Feb 13/15


    Week 8 - Feb 20/22


    Week 9 - Feb 27/Mar 1


    Week 10 - Mar 6/8


    landscape genetics - building on the beta with information... http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.13527/full


    spring break

    Unit 3 - how diversity responds


    Week 11 - Mar 20/22


    Week 12 - Mar 27/29

    (Benthic Ecology Meetings)

    Week 13 - Apr 3/5

    Riley trip Apr 3

    Week 14 - Apr 10/12



    Week 15 - Apr 17/19



    April 24 last day of class

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