ENV 3020: Marine Molecular Biology


ENV 3020




Summer II, Spring, Fall, Summer I,



The use of molecular biological approaches has revolutionized marine science research over the last decades. Therefore, these approaches offer extraordinary potential to address ecological questions in the marine realm, ranging from the identification of species to the understanding of the connectivity among populations. This course is focus in the use of molecular markers base on the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to highlight the importance of conservation genetics and global-scale implications to manage endangered marine species. Hang on activities and lectures will be run in the Biomolecular lab (BIOMOL) from the CPI. In addition, the students will experience activities in the field to understand some controversial conservation issues related to keystone and endangered marine species in Costa Rica, such as sea turtles and sharks, collecting tissues samples and performing practical activities in the lab for DNA extractions, PCRs, electrophoresis, and the introduction to bioinformatics analyses.


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