spring 2011



This is the home page for our advanced course in theoretical and applied genetics. We will examine the role that genetic approaches play in protecting the long-term survivability of a species in a changing environment - one that includes human beings.

The class will start by examining the underlying principles relevant to conservation genetics. We will then move onto the practices: methods of measuring genetic diversity in populations; identification of conservation units; genetics and consequences of population fragmentation; inbreeding and outbreeding; genetic management of wild and captive populations; reintroduction of organisms back into the wild; the role of forensics in enforcement and development of recovery plans. We will draw from many well-known case studies in the region and internationally. Labs will include a laboratory-based molecular genetics study and computer analyses.



Dr Kerry Naish, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Marine Studies, Room 209

Teaching Assistant

Marine Brieuc, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Marine Studies, Room 211

Office hours: By appointment

Meeting times Spring 2011
Lectures: M, W, F 10:30 to 11.20, FSH 107
Labs: W 13.30 to 16.20, FTR 113 or FSH 136 (check syllabus)

Recommended Textbooks

Allendorf FW, Luikart G (2007) Conservation and the Genetics of Populations. Blackwell, Malden, MA. 642pp

Frankham R, Ballou JD, Briscoe DA (2002) Introduction to Conservation Genetics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 617pp

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences . University of Washington

Graphics: C.Naish