ECOS1077 Anthropogenic selection pressures (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024

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Academic year 2022-2023


During this course we will focus on to understand what kind of selection pressures human activity can cause to natural populations. The goal is to learn to apply evolutionary theory to practical conservation and environmental problems. We will handle various human induced selection pressures and how wild plant and animal populations response to this selection. We will for example handle e.g. fishing and hunting selection, ionization, urbanization, domestication and problems in re-introduction, invasive species, intensive farming, pesticide/toxin/heavy medal selection and GMO.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student:
  • is able to understand how antrophogenic selection pressures differ from "natural" selection and what are possible similarities.
  • can recognize and make predictions about possible human induced evolutionary changes
  • can plan research to detect those changes

Completion methods

Method 1

Academic year 2022-2023.
Evaluation criteria:
Activity on seminars (25%), practicals (25%), seminar (25%) and exam (25%).
Time of teaching:
Period 3
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Lectures, practicals, seminar and exam