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.
Microorganisms control the environmental processes that sustain the Earth's biosphere. From soils to the human gut, microbial communities are emerging as central drivers of the living world. This paper will introduce you to the many roles of microbes in everyday life and cover topics on microbial diversity, and how it can be studied, as well as how this diversity affects ecosystem functions. We will cover a broad range of ecosystems (from marine to human associated) and provide you with in-depth knowledge of the microbial makeup of the world.
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 laboratory sessions per week in week 5-8 of the second semester (a total of 8 laboratory sessions), with flexible times for students taking lectures with overlap. Students may leave the lab for other commitments such as lectures and are able to plan their experiments to fit in with these commitments.
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.