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Molecular Ecology

The use of molecular tools has made a large contribution to our understanding about key processes in ecology and conservation biology. Many interesting ecological issues can currently be addressed solely with the aid of molecular methods. This course in molecular ecology will describe several such issues.

Various genetic markers are used, for example, to map phylogenic structures and to analyse problems of conservation biology, such as inbreeding and extinction. The course will also deal with how stable isotopes can be used to analyse the diet and metabolism of animals. The analysis of hormones and pheromones can be very informative in several issues of behavioural ecology.

  • Course structure


    I: General molecular biological methods in ecology, 5 credits

    II: Genetic methods in ecology, 5 credits

    III: Stable isotopes in ecology, 5 credits

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, laboratory exercises, seminars, study visits, group work and/or individual work. Participation in group work, laboratory exercises, seminars, study visits and group education associated with this is compulsory.

    Learning outcomes

    A list of the learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus. Please find the link to the syllabus on the right side of this page.


    Measurement of knowledge for element I, II and III takes place through written and/or oral examination, written and/or oral presentations and activity at seminars.


    Karin Norén


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Freeland, JR: Molecular Ecology. 2019. 3:rd edition. ISBN 1119426154.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level