The course deals with genome-enabled insights into the broader framework of environmental marine science. Topics within the course include evolutionary as well as functional aspects of genes, genomes and metagenomes of marine organisms from the individual to the ecosystem-level. pre-requisites. The course aims to provide students an introduction to the field of molecular ecology, specifically directed toward the marine environment on its organisms.
The course is concerned with applying molecular population genetics, phylogenetics, as well as (meta-)genomics and (meta-)transcriptomics to traditional ecological and evolutionary questions (e.g., species diagnosis, conservation and assessment of biodiversity, quantitative genetics, heritability of traits and breeding studies, and questions of behavioral ecology).