Oral examination at the end of the course.
During the course, the student will also be asked to carry out ongoing tests and exercitations chosen together with the lecturer.
The main objective of the course is to explain what is the so called 'Integrative Marine Zoology'. It will be demonstrate how methods of integrative zoology can be useful to shed light on conservation and taxonomic issues in marine environment.
This goal will be achieved through the presentation of specific study cases and exercises on computational methods.
The course will focus on conservation of marine fauna. It will be discussed the problems related to the conservation of marine taxa. During the course it will be introduced foundations of conservation genetics in marine environments, with several study cases of threatened marine species. The course will be also focused on molecular taxonomy, which is a fundamental issue in marine zoology. It will discuss the problems related to the species assessment in marine environments. It will be explained when molecular techniques are useful for this purpose (cryptic species issue) with several study cases of morphological indistinguishable species which require the use of species delimitation and DNA barcoding. Finally, it will be studied primer of analyses in silico.
Frankham R., Ballou J.D., Briscoe D.A., 2010. Introduction to Conservation Genetics. Cambridge.
Didactic material provided by the lecturer.
Frontal lessons, laboratory of computational analyses, classroom exercises.
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Scala A, 2° piano.
VIA VIENNA 2, SASSARI
For any question do not hesitate to contact the lecturer.