Molecular techniques applied to resource evaluation and management

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
6

MANAGEMENT

Living Resources
University of Oviedo

Synopsis

This course follows a research-based didactic approach. The students combine theory, field, laboratory and computer work to learn basics and principles of management of marine living resources, using molecules for understanding biodiversity, determining stock structure and implementing seafood traceability.

Content

Module 1 (3 ECTS): Genetic biodiversity as a resource.
Population genetic structure and gene flow. Population differentiation, F analysis. Indicators of population mixture. Wahlund effect. Distribution of genetic variation within a species and its determining factors. DNA-based technologies and prospection of new marine resources. Metagenomics and other biodiversity inventories for exploration of functional diversity. New products inferred from marine molecular surveys.
Practical work: Research-based of a case study comprising field, laboratory, analytical work using modern software.
Module 2 (1.5 ECTS): Populations and stocks
Molecular applications to the management of exploited populations. Identification of biological and management units. Estimates of effective population size through genetic variation. Inference of bottlenecks.
Practical work: Critical analysis of a relevant quality publication; analysis of a real dataset with state of the art software.

Module 3 (1.5 ECTS): Tracing marine products.
Molecular applications in resource sustainability. Genetic traceability of fish catch and seafood products. Mislabeling in markets: detection, causes and consequences. Molecular markers applied to traceability of species, oceans and geographic regions. Phylogeographic signal and traceability of origin in seafood.
Practical work: Research-based laboratory analysis of commercial seafood products using adequate methodology.

Pre-requisites

Graduate level in sciences. Basic knowledge in molecular biology is recommended.

Aims

To understand and apply modern molecular methodologies coupled with population genetics for assessment of marine living resources.

Objectives

Students should be acquainted with state of the art molecular methodologies currently applied in the assessment and management of marine living resources. They should also be able to design complete protocols for analysis of genetic biodiversity, population and stock structure, and traceability of marine species and populations.

Key skills acquired

To use molecular tools for detection, traceability and management of marine species.
To identify biological processes and patterns of importance of shaping marine biodiversity.

Bibliography

To be provided online in the virtual campus of the University of Oviedo. State of the art articles, reports, books.

Assessment

Module 1: Presentation of the results of the case study supported by visual material. Team working is encouraged and peer evaluation will represent 20% final score.
Module 2: Short presentation supported by visual material.
Module 3: Class notebook and continuous evaluation (portfolio).

Involved teachers

Eva Garcia-Vazquez (egv@uniovi.es) Yaisel Borrell (borrellyaisel@uniovi.es)

Contact hours

lectures
18

practicals
12

seminars
2

computerclass
8

fieldwork
8

other
0