Modern Molecular Methods in Ecology
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Kaasaegsed meetodid molekulaarses ökoloogias
Course title in English
Modern Molecular Methods in Ecology
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Peeter Laas (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
• To support the development of knowledges of methods in molecular ecology;
• To support the development of skills that enable to use molecular methods in ecological studies
• To suppoert the development of skills in analysing and handling of datasets obtained by application of methods of molecular ecology
Brief description of the course
Following topics will be covered in lectures: molecular biology and ecology, molecular markers in ecology, genetic analysis of population, studies on ecologgically important trits, QTL analysis, ecogeneomics. Phylogeography and behavioural ecology. Conservation Genetics.
Classical and modern methods for detection of DNA markers, comparison of methods, pros and cons. Different markers
Independent work
Self-studies include reading studies on review articles selected by lecturer and scientific publications on students own selection.
Learning outcomes in the course
Skills to plan and apply application of molecular methods in ecological studies;
Skills to choose appropriate methods for obtaining desired dataset;
Skills interpreet study results, critically to evaluate them and to determine the need for further studies.
Assessment methods
Written test
PhD Madis Metsis
Replacement literature
Freeland, J.R. et al. 2011. Molecular ecology 2nd ed