Prerequisite: ENV 502 or permission of the instructor. (Offered as needed/1 credit)
This course will introduce the theory and practice of molecular genetics as it addresses questions at the level of individuals within populations. The course will examine the evolutionary forces affecting genetic variation within populations and how this variation can be used as a tool for determining individual identity, parentage and other degrees of relatedness between individuals within a population. Genetic methods for identifying individuals will be compared to non-genetic methods. Molecular techniques that are especially useful to conservation biology and behavioral ecology will be introduced in the laboratory, and their applications will be extensively discussed.