Prerequisites: Two semesters of college level biology or equivalent. Recommended: Genetics and/or cell
biology with laboratory components. Helpful: Evolutionary biology,
ecology, invertebrate or vertebrate zoology.
introduction to basic concepts in systematic biology, comparative genomics, evolutionary
genetics, molecular ecology, and conservation biology emphasizing the
natural history of marine organisms. Students integrate field sampling
techniques, taxonomy, and curation of specimens from Appledore Island
and surrounding waters with molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics completed in the
laboratory. Standard methods for DNA purification, amplification,
sequencing and genotyping are used to address questions about
population structure, kinship, and species phylogeny.
This course is supported by the generosity of New England BioLabs, Inc.
Faculty: Dr. Andrew Shedlock, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University