This topic covers advanced knowledge of the flow of genetic information from cell to cell and from parent to offspring, how the forces of selection impact on gene flow and ultimately how these processes shape the characteristics of species and biodiversity. It represents core and advanced information required by all Biology students. The practical component of the topic will cover modern molecular techniques that enable students to study gene flow, how populations are genetically structured, and how the Tree of Life can be reconstructed from genetic data. The practical classes will also assess students to generic skills of laboratory techniques and how this can be used in combination with field-based observations.
This topic aims to: