BIOL 0325

Conservation Genomics

Conservation Genomics in Practice: From Genome Assembly to Sequence Analysis
Genomic data is increasingly used to inform conservation decision-making in captive and wild populations. In this project-based course, students will gain experience with genomic data generated specifically to address wildlife management needs in Vermont, ultimately contributing to a short peer-reviewed manuscript. We will review a range of sequencing approaches (e.g. Hi-C, RNA, metabarcoding) and how to access public data repositories. Students will actively engage in assembling a genome, including use of the command line and various analysis tools relevant to sequencing technology. Through surveying the primary literature and real-world case studies, students will be able to explore a number of career pathways that bridge molecular biology and conservation science. Note that previous bioinformatics experience is not required. (BIOL 0140 and BIOL 0145; Recommended: BIOL 0211 or BIOL 0314)
Ellie Armstrong is a postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University with the Washington Research Foundation. She previously completed her PhD at Stanford University, where she worked on large carnivore genomics (e.g., tigers, lions, bears), genome assembly, and creating genomic-based monitoring tools for conservation./
Natural Sciences
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Winter 2023

BIOL0325A-W23 Seminar (Armstrong)

Winter 2020

BIOL0325A-W20 Seminar (Frare)

Winter 2017

BIOL0325A-W17 Seminar (Frare)