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POPULATION BIOLOGY

CODE 84456
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 5 cfu during the 3nd year of 9916 SCIENZE AMBIENTALI E NATURALI (L-32) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/05
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The Population Biology presents different approaches to the study of micro-evolutionary processes in animal populations.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Genetics aims to provide students with basic knowledge on the mechanisms of hereditary transmission of phenotypic traits and on mutations. Population Biology aims to investigate the main aspects related to demographic structure, space-temporal dynamics and conservation of animal populations and metapopulations in an evolutionary perspective. The genetic-molecular approach, correlated with the biogeographical one, should make students capable of developing critical and analytical skills useful for future studies and research in the evolutionary biological field.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures using power point presentations.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Population and meta-population: general aspects. Populations Genetics. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and its deviations. History of and introduction to Zoogeography. Continental drift and current distribution of ecological conditions (biomes). Ranges definition, description and analysis. Definizione, descrizione e studio degli areali (vicarianza-dispersione). Vicariance. Dispersal. Speciation models. Systematic Biogeography (biogeographical regions, chorological categories).

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Conner J.K. & Hartl D.L., 2005. Elementi di genetica ecologica. Piccin, Padova.

    Frankham R., Ballou J.D., Briscoe D.A., 2006. Fondamenti di genetica della conservazione. Zanichelli.

    Zunino M. & Zullini A., 2004. Biogeografia. La dimensione spaziale dell’evoluzione. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    LORIS GALLI (President)

    GIORGIO BAVESTRELLO

    SILVIA VIAGGI

    EMANUELE BOSI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    POPULATION BIOLOGY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Oral exam. The exam is aimed at assessing the knowledge of the fundamental elements of the subject, the ability to link the various topics and the mastery of the applicative aspects.

    Exam schedule

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