Course title in Estonian
Molekulaarse ökoloogia praktikum
Course title in English
Molecular Methods in Ecology
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2018/2019 Spring semester
Madis Metsis (eesti keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
• 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.
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.
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
Beebee, T., Rowe, G. (2008). An Introduction to Molecular Ecology (2 nd ed).
Freeland, J.R. et al. (2006). Molecular ecology.