701-2413-00L  Evolutionary Genetics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Städler, A. Widmer, S. Fior, M. Fischer, J. Stapley
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1413-00 VPopulation and Quantitative Genetics2 hrs
Mon14:15-16:00HG D 7.2 »
T. Städler, J. Stapley
701-1413-01 VEcological Genetics2 hrs
Mon10:15-12:00ML F 36 »
A. Widmer, S. Fior, M. Fischer

Catalogue data

AbstractThe concept course 'Evolutionary Genetics' consists of two lectures that jointly provide an introduction to the fields of population and quantitative genetics (emphasis on basic concepts) and ecological genetics (more emphasis on evolutionary and ecological processes of adaptation and speciation).
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is to provide students with a solid introduction to the fields of population genetics, quantitative genetics, and ecological genetics. The concepts and research methods developed in these fields have undergone profound transformations; they are of fundamental importance in our understanding of evolutionary processes, both past and present. Students should gain an appreciation for the concepts, methods and explanatory power of evolutionary genetics.
ContentPopulation genetics - Types and sources of genetic variation; randomly mating populations and the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium; effects of inbreeding; natural selection; random genetic drift and effective population size; gene flow and hierarchical population structure; molecular population genetics: neutral theory of molecular evolution and basics of coalescent theory.
Quantitative genetics - Continuous variation; measurement of quant. characters; genes, environments and their interactions; measuring their influence; response to selection; inbreeding and crossbreeding, effects on fitness; Fisher's fundamental theorem.
Ecological Genetics - Concepts and methods for the study of genetic variation and its role in adaptation, reproductive isolation, hybridization and speciation
Lecture notesHandouts
LiteratureHamilton, M.B. 2009. Population Genetics. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, U.K.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingfostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersT. Städler, S. Fior, M. Fischer, J. Stapley, A. Widmer
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 180 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationPrüfungsfragen werden zweisprachig gestellt (Deutsch und Englisch)
Examination questions are asked bilingually (German and English)
Written aidsTaschenrechner (keine privaten Geräte; Taschenrechner wird vom Departement gestellt)
Calculator (no private devices; calculator is provided by the department)
Foreign language dictionary
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

No public learning materials available.
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

Offered in

Biology BachelorConcept CoursesWInformation
Biology MasterCompulsory Concept CoursesOInformation
Biology MasterElective Compulsory Concept CoursesWInformation
Biology MasterElective Concept CoursesWInformation
Human Medicine BachelorCompensatory CoursesWInformation
Human Medicine BachelorCompensatory CoursesWInformation