NSCPHD1098 Analysis of genetic structure within and among populations with focus on marginal populations of woody species

Volume 2015/2016


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The course focuses on how to analyze data on genetic structures developed as results of the interplay between local adaption (response to selection), genetic drift and gene flow. 

Topics include:

* Landscape genetics 

* Analysis of spatial genetic structures at the landscape level based on SSR  DNA marker

*Quantitative genetics of fitness traits

*Analysis of genetic variation in adaptive traits adaptive potential based on common gardens trials and provenance test.

* Comparison of findings from marker based studies with findings from quantitative genetic studies and implications for genetic conservation and management in relation to climate change

Learning Outcome

The course targets PhD students  involved in on-going studies of genetics of woody plant species and shall provide the theoretical framework as well as practical experience with analysis of field data from common garden trials. The students should also become familiar with design and assessment of common gardens trials.

Selected scientific papers


Some background knowledge in population genetics and/or quantitative genetics will be required to obtain the full benefit of the course.
The course will consist of a combination of lectures, exercises, field visits and supervised student discussion of selected scientific papers. Active participation is therefore a requirement of all students, and the students must have read the literature before the course.
The course is offered in cooperation with the EU COST action FP1202: Strengthening conservation: a key issue for adaptation of marginal/ peripheral populations of forest trees to climate change in Europe (MaP-FGR)
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 10
  • Exercises
  • 25
  • Preparation
  • 50
  • Project work
  • 25
  • Total
  • 110
Type of assessment
Exam registration requirements

After the course, the student will submit a report to document the learning outcome

Marking scale
completed/not completed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

The student report shall document that completion of the exercises and reflections on the results.