Molecular Methods in Ecology
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Molekulaarse ökoloogia praktikum
Course title in English
Molecular Methods in Ecology
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
• To support the development of knowledges in the field of molecular ecology through the solution of practical tasks;
• To support the development of skills that enable to use molecular methods in ecological studies
• To suppoert the development of skills needed for gathering a representative dataset.
Brief description of the course
Following topics will be covered in lectures: molecular markers in ecology, how to get molecular samples from the environment, the optimal size of the sample, how to ensure the purity of samples, how to preserv samples, how to analyse samples.
As an independent work, students have to collect samples and analyze them. The students will independently assess the representativity of collected samples and will present a written raport.
Independent work
Each student must present a written raport describing the methods and results of practical work.
Learning outcomes in the course
Skills to apply molecular methods in ecological studies;
Skills to choose an appropriate marker and to collect a representative sample;
Skills to ensure the purity of samples
Skills to assess the adequacy of results and to determine the need for further studies.
Assessment methods
It is obligatory to solve independently a practical solution and to present a raport in order to pass the course.
prof Madis Metsis, dots Tiina Elvisto
Study literature
Beebee, T., Rowe, G. (2008). An Introduction to Molecular Ecology (2 nd ed).
Replacement literature
Freeland, J.R. et al. (2006). Molecular ecology.