After School Program

Conservation Genetics - Exploratory Course

January 6, 2015 - February 12, 2015


A wallet, a handbag and a pair of boots walk into the airport. All three are made of leather, but only one of them is legally traded - how can we find out which one it is? Call in the DNA detectives. Conservation genetics is the field that seeks to use DNA to study and protect the living world and its biodiversity. Students in this course will learn about how DNA sequencing, including DNA Barcoding, and fingerprinting techniques can be used to determine species distribution patterns, to identify products made from endangered animals, and to propagate endangered species in captivity. The students will then learn how scientists and governments can use this information to allocate limited conservation dollars where they are most needed. By the end of the course, students will write grant proposals for their own conservation projects, which they will then present to the class.

This course is offered free as part of the Urban Barcode Research Program. In order to qualify for the program, you must also enroll in the DNA Barcoding & Bioinformatics course that will be offered during the next session of the After School Program.



Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 1/6, 1/8, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/22, 1/27, 1/29, 2/3, 2/5, 2/10, 2/12