Online, 27th-30th June 2022
This course will introduce attendees to how the tools of population genomics can be used to inform conservation. The instructors will guide students through study design, genomic data collection methods, handling of raw genomic data, and SNP filtering to produce a dataset. Then, we will work through a suite of analyses looking at population structure, local adaptation, effective population size, inbreeding and relatedness. We will provide background on the theory and application of these analyses, and then run hands-on exercises running analyses and interpreting results. Through hands-on exercises, the course will teach basic bioinformatics skills and how to manipulate, visualize and interpret genomic data and patterns in a conservation related context.
Target audience and assumed background
The course is aimed at graduate students and researchers who are interested in using genomic tools to address issues in conservation. Participants should have some basic background in evolution and population genetics. Previous experience in UNIX-based command line and R is required. Hands-on exercises will be run in a Linux environment on remote servers and data analysis and visualization will be run in R using RStudio.
The course will be delivered fully online over 4 half-day (5 hour) sessions, with a combination of lectures and practical exercises that will be live (synchronous). Discussions among participants and with the instructors on concepts and data analyses will be possible through video conferencing and a dedicated Slack workspace.
- Study design and genomic data collection methods
- Handling genomic data from raw reads to a filtered dataset of SNP genotypes
- Assessing population structure using multiple methods
- Searching for signals of adaptation
- Estimating effective population size
- Calculating inbreeding
- Estimating relatedness