Second Semester - 18 points
Ecology of microbial communities (human/environmental settings), what they do, and how we study them, focusing on microbial diversity, rare biosphere and microbial dark matter with their links to ecosystem functions.
There are 25 lectures, which address the following issues:
You will gain valuable skills required for working with BIG data; these include quality control, processing of amplicon data, data manipulation with PhylsoSeq and statistical analysis and metadata manipulation in R.
This course is for students interested in ecology of microorganisms in natural environments, and the tools used to study them.
There are two lectures per week. All labs will be streamed. There are two laboratory sessions per week in week 5-8 of the second semester, with flexible times for students taking lectures on Wednesdays. Due to student numbers the lab days may be streamed and times could be altered.
The following concepts will be explored:
(MICR 221 or GENE 221 or BIOC 221) and MICR 222
There is no required text for this course but you will be directed to relevant scientific papers during lectures.
Students are encouraged to contact staff by email to make arrangements for a time to discuss course-related matters.
For more information on this course, please contact Dr Sergio Morales.