GENECO course: Introduction to Molecular Ecology
This is a practically oriented course providing the basics for DNA analyses in any kind of free-living organism. It gives a broad introduction to commonly used techniques in Molecular Ecology from microsatellites and AFLP to next-generation sequencing. Practical steps include DNA extraction, PCR, Sanger sequencing, primer-design, BarCoding, phylogenetic reconstructions and measuring selection at the molecular level. The course starts with sample collection immediately followed by hands-on experience with DNA extraction and sequencing of mitochondrial DNA, down-stream analyses of sequence alignment and phylogenetic analyses. In parallel with the practical parts, there will be lectures giving the theoretical background to the exercises. Computer programs that will be used include Geneious, BioEdit and MEGA. There will be six working days in Lund, plus approximately two additional working days at home. It is recommended to give 4.5hp (credits) within the PhD education.
10 March -- 3 papers for reading will be sent out (course preparation).
17-21 March -- Intensive week in Lund (labs, lectures, computer exercises, seminars). The week starts 10.00 Monday 17 March and closes at 16.00 Friday 21 March. Expect long working days and possibly some evenings.
24-28 March -- Home work (editing own sequences, phylogenetic reconstructions, reading of 1-2 papers). Expect ca. 2 days full time.
31 March -- One day in Lund (10.00-16.00) for presentations of own work and a literature seminar.
Organizers: Staffan Bensch, Bengt Hansson & Helena Westerdahl
Applications should be sent directly to Staffan Bensch (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 15 January 2014. Maximum number of participants: 8 The course will be held in English.