Genetics of Animal and Plant Populations
First-Year Student as Scholars Seminar
Dr. Rodney Honeycutt, Professor of Biology, and Chairperson of Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University
This seminar will pertain to the use of genetic markers (nucleotide sequences and DNA microsatellites) in conservation biology. We are fortunate to have several on-going projects related to plant and animal populations in the Santa Monica Mountains of southern California and the Channel Islands off the Pacific coast. Aside from basic information related to conservation genetics that will be presented in class, students will be exposed to actual fieldwork at several sites in southern California. In addition, students will learn the basic tools of conservation genetics including DNA extraction, PCR amplification, sequencing, genotyping, and data analysis.