BIOL 7970 Wild Genetics

Last taught Summer 2019

Co-taught with Dr. Rita Graze

We examine foundational concepts in Quantitative and Population Genetics of wild populations through the reading and group-based discussion of selected chapters from Molecular Population Genetics and Quantitative Genetics in the Wild. Supplemental material and research articles will also be assigned throughout the course.

Course Objectives:

  • Students will learn and discuss current questions in quantitative and population genetics that will empower them with both conceptual and practical knowledge of these fields.
  • Students will learn how to critically review papers and methods.
  • Students will evaluate and synthesize research in the written format.


All course materials will be made available to students. We will provide pdf versions of readings from the following two books:

  • Hahn, MW. Molecular Population Genetics. Oxford University Press, 2018.

  • Charmantier, A, D Garant, and LEB Kruuk, eds. Quantitative Genetics in the Wild. Oxford University Press, 2014.