Examine the background, concepts, and tools required to determine how genetic data can be used to evaluate wild vertebrate species and communities of conservation concern.
The course prerequisites (see below) include introductory genetics, ecology, and statistics. Students should view these as recommendations. Many previously enrolled students have brought applied experience or other relevant backgrounds to the course instead. Students are welcome to enroll in the course without having these specific courses and are encouraged to email the professor with any questions.
BZ 350 (Molecular and General Genetics) or LIFE 201A (Introductory Genetics: Applied/Population/Conservation/Ecological (GT-SC2)) or LIFE 201B (Introductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental); LIFE 220 (Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)) or LIFE 320 (Ecology); STAT 301 (Introduction to Statistical Methods) or STAT 307 (Introduction to Biostatistics); Graduate standing. Written consent of instructor. Admission to a graduate program in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.
Registration is restricted to FWCB Plan C Masters students through Dec. 16. Any seats remaining in the course will be available to non-Plan C students after Dec. 16.
Jennifer Neuwald is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department and the Assistant Director of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Her research focuses on the impacts of changing environments on the genetic structure and evolutionary processes of populations, specifically those of conservation concern. Jennifer is also involved in several initiatives on campus to improve pedagogy as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. She holds degrees from Michigan State University (B.S. - Zoology), San Diego State University (M.S. - Evolutionary Biology), and Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D. - Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology).