BI3083 - Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 1 hours D

Course content

The course encompasses several aspects of evolutionary and ecological genetics focusing on case studies and data analysis. The course emphasizes the link between molecular and phenotypic analyses in the study of evolutionary processes in natural populations. A special focus is also made on linking evolutionary and ecological processes.

Molecular evolution:

  • Population genetics
  • Landscape genetics

Phenotypic evolution:

  • Principles of natural selection and adaptive evolution
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Evolutionary ecology

Linking molecular and phenotypic evolution: case studies

  • Genomics of adaptation, gene mapping, and population genomics

Learning outcome


The candidate should be able to explain:

  • Genetic mechanisms underlying evolutionary processes
  • General principles in population genetics and quantitative genetics
  • Basic theories of phenotypic selection and adaptive evolution
  • How ecological and evolutionary processes interact and affect short- and long-term population viability.


The candidate should be able to:

  • Use genetic data to estimate population genetic parameters and determine relatedness and individual fitness
  • Estimate strength and direction of phenotypic selection and predict rate of evolution - Analyze relatedness and molecular genetic data to determine the genetic basis for ecologically important phenotypic traits
  • Read critically, interpret and judge results from studies at the intersection of evolution, genetics and ecology
  • Plan studies in evolutionary and ecological genetics.

General competence

The candidate should be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of genetic and ecological processes for evolution in natural populations
  • Judge and reflect on primary literature in evolutionary and ecological genetics
  • Generate a written and/or oral presentation of results from quantitative studies
  • Use the scientific method to answer key questions in evolutionary and ecological genetics.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (ca. 34 hours), seminars, discussions, and data-labs (ca. 32 hours). The teaching is to a high degree based on active learning activities such as exercises/data-labs where the student will analyze data from empirical studies in evolutionary and ecological genetics. The course also includes writing reports and/or preparing and giving oral presentations. Compulsory assignments: Approved reports/presentations.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved report

Further on evaluation

All assessment components included in the course must be passed.

You cannot appeal the assessment of an oral examination. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake', the final oral examination needs to be taken again.

Exam language: English

Course materials

- Conner, J. K. & Hartl, D. L. 2004. A Primer of Ecological Genetics. Oxford University Press (ISBN: 9780878932023).

- Lecture notes, compendia, and various scientific publications.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI8082 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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