Integrating research in teaching Filip Volckaert http:bio.kuleuven.be/eeb/lbeg [email protected] The chicken & egg problem Shall I teach a master course based on the general principles in the field or shall I take a more exemplary approach? RIA2 - 10.04.2018 Content
What is the EEG course about? Whats my scientific background? How does one combine course requirements with personal research interests? Take home messages RIA2 - 10.04.2018 What is the course Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics about? https://onderwijsaanbod.kuleuven.be/syllabi/e/G0R54AE.htm#activetab=doelstellingen_idp120352 RIA2 - 10.04.2018
What is the course Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics about? Course aims You have a sound insight in the application of genomic/bioinformatic tools to address ecological and evolutionary questions. You rely on complementary scientific disciplines (such as biochemistry and genomical statistics) and biological subdisciplines (such as physiology and molecular biology). You are able to consult genomic databases, to use and analyse large date sets, and to interpret results critically. You handle the international appropriate professional literature on ecological and evolutionary genomics critically, and tackle new complex challenges independently. You use advanced knowledge of theories and models, concepts and processes to
work on complex genomic data. You communicate your findings based on the literature written and orally in English, and can work in team. You remain up to date on the latest international developments and methods. RIA2 - 10.04.2018 Master programme Master Biologie/Biology Inleiding ecologie en evolutie (ba1) Ecologie (ba2)
Biogeography and Macro-ecology Global Change, Ecosystems and Sustainability What is the course Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics about? Theory Introduction 1. The rise of ecological and evolutionary genomics 2. Molecular markers in ecology and evolution Genomics and the tree of life 3. Genomics of speciation 4. Molecular identification 5. Metagenomics
6. Phylogeography Ecological and population genomics 7. Neutral patterns in population genomics 8. Genomics and phenomics of adaptive evolution Functional genomics 9. Comparative functional genomics Integrated analysis 10. Case studies in ecological & evolutionary genomics RIA2 - 10.04.2018 What is the course Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics about? Background
knowledge Background knowledge This is an advanced course, taught in English, that incorporates knowledge from a range of disciplines like bioinformatics, biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics. Open to students with a bachelor in - Biology -
Bio-engineering - Biomedical sciences - and other applied Biological Sciences RIA2 - 10.04.2018 What is the course Ecological and
Evolutionary Genomics about? Teaching activities and material - Interactive teaching with lecture notes, multimedia, scientific papers and data banks (13 x 2 h) - Course book (highly recommended): An introduction to Molecular Ecology (3rd edition). Rowe, Sweet & Beebee. Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-871699-0 - Paper - Computer labs (7 x 4 h) All teaching material is available on the teaching platform TOLEDO RIA2 - 10.04.2018
What is the course Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics about? Evaluation Paper writing: 20% of the marks Computer labs : 40% of the marks Oral exam with written preparation: 40% of the marks, consists of conceptual questions on the chapters taught
RIA2 - 10.04.2018 Whats my scientific background? 1979: Master in Biology (Ugent, Gent, Belgium) 1983: Master in Oceanography (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada) Benthic Ecology 1988: PhD in Oceanography (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada) Population Genetics 1990: researcher at the Belgian government 1990 today: researcher at the KU Leuven 2000 - today: professor of Marine Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology at the KU Leuven Principal investigator at the Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Genomics (LBEG) : One technician, one postdoc and 7 PhD students Member of the Sustainability Council RIA2 - 10.04.2018 Whats my scientific background? Ecology Evolution
Fundamental research at the interface of ecology & evolution with applications in fisheries, aquaculture, human biology and conservation biology RIA2 - 10.04.2018 Whats my scientific background? Research topics : - Macro-evolution of fishes and their parasites - Micro-evolution of fishes and their parasites - Biogeography and phylogeography of fishes
- Conservation genetics - Fisheries genetics - Aquaculture genetics RIA2 - 10.04.2018 How does one combine course requirements with personal research interests? EEG colleges: Stick to the general principles Use cases from the historical key literature and my personal research EEG computer labs: Explain the general principles (based on computer
software to handle and analyse big data) Use cases from the research of the postdoc tutors RIA2 - 10.04.2018 How does one combine course requirements with personal research interests? Lecture 4. Molecular identification I borrowed a ready-made lecture from a colleague-expert (prof. Simon Creer, Univ. Bangor, UK) Linked to research expertise in our team Possibility for input from small student groups: during class students look up a suitable reference and we discuss in class. Generates great interest (food authentication, species ID, tracing
scat, and so on). Worldwide analysis of sedimentary DNA reveals major gaps in taxonomic knowledge of deep-sea benthos RIA2 - 10.04.2018 Frederic Sinniger1, 2*, J an Pawlowski3, Saki Harii1, Andrew J . Gooday4, Hiroyuki Yamamoto2, Pierre Chevaldonn5, Tomas Cedhagen6, Gary Carvalho7, Simon Creer7 How does one combine course requirements with personal research interests? Computer lab Case of the population genetics of marine flatfish Based on a scientific publication
Organised step-by-step in a logical order Includes on site and home assignments On site evaluation RIA2 - 10.04.2018 How does one combine course requirements with personal research interests? RIA2 - 10.04.2018 How does one combine course requirements with personal research interests? RIA2 - 10.04.2018
Take home message Teaching involves the transfer of structured knowledge Stories help to convey the message You are most familiar with your own research; use it as a source of stories RIA2 - 10.04.2018 Acknowledgements LBEG 20 RIA2 - 10.04.2018
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