Marine Ecological Genomics

Course Dates

May 28, 2018 to June 11, 2018


One year of undergraduate biology is required. Previous coursework in genetics or bioinformatics (or permission of the instructor) is recommended.

Course Description

Photo of snails in the lab.
Photo credit: Sarah Samorodnitsky

This course provides immersion training in emerging practices in marine ecological genomics research. The course combines a field component with extensive training in common genomics approaches including: next generation sequence analysis, phylogenomics, differential gene expression and population genomics.

Successful completion of this course will prepare students to evaluate the following topics:

  • Next generation sequencing
  • RNAseq methods
  • Whole genome sequencing approaches
  • Phylogenomic Analysis of large datasets
  • Detecting the signature of selection in genomes
  • Current issues in population genomics
  • Marine ecological genomics
  • Metagenomics


Dr. David Plachetzki:

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Plachetzki's research focus revolves around questions like: How does evolution proceed from common starting points and go on to generate the amazing display of biodiversity we see today? The evolutionary origins of novel and complex forms has puzzled biologists since before Darwin’s time and persists as one of the central questions in evolutionary biology. Research in the Plachetzki Lab at UNH sheds light on this question by using the origins and evolution of the animal sensory systems as a model. Dr. Plachetzki's approach integrates genomic, wet lab and behavioral data using phylogenetic methods. He is most interested in the sensory systems of Cnidaria, which are the evolutionary sister to bilaterians, and in those of other taxa that occupy key positions in the animal tree of life.



Course Numbers

UNH: MEFB 750 (4 Credits)