2006 Postgraduate course in Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics, Roenbjerg field station, University of Aarhus

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Instructor: Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona

We will be using the R statistical software

R is free. You can download it (for almost all computers) at


Course Schedule, Readings and Lecture Notes

Walsh and Lynch refers to on-line draft chapters from our (yet to be finished) volume, Evolution and Selection on Quantitative Traits.

Day 1: (Tuesday, 6 June)

As the first day of class, we will start a little later (10am) to allow students a chance to arrive and settle in at the Field Station

  • Lecture 1: Basic statistical machinery

  • Lecture 2: Linear Algebra and Linear Models


    Day 2: (Wednesday 7 June)

  • Lecture 3: Basic Concepts in Mendelian, Population and Quantitative Genetics

  • Lecture 4: Resemblances Between Relatives


    Day 3: (Thursday, 8 June)

  • Lecture 5: Basic Designs for Estimation of Genetic Parameters

  • Lecture 6: Inbreeding and Heterosis


    Day 4: (Friday, 9 June)

  • Lecture 7: Genetic Drift

  • Lecture 8: Tests for Molecular Signatures of Selection


    Day 5: (Saturday, 10 June)

  • Lecture 9: Short-term Response Selection

  • Lecture 10: Analysis of Short-term Selection Experiments


    Day 6: (Monday, 12 June)

  • Lecture 11: Long-Term Response and Selection Limits

  • Lecture 12: Individual Fitness and Measures of Univariate Selection


    Day 7: (Tuesday, 13 June)

  • Lecture 13: Genetic Correlations and Multivariate Selection Response

  • Lecture 14: Measuring Multivariate Selection


    Day 8: (Wednesday, 14 June)

  • Lecture 15: Phenotypic Evolution Models

  • Lecture 16: Major Genes, Polygenes, and QTLs


    Day 9: (Thursday, 15 June)

  • Lecture 17: QTL Mapping

  • Lecture 18: Gene Expression analysis: microarrays and eQTLs


    Day 10 (Friday, 16 June)

  • Lecture 19: Wrap-up: Quantitative genetics and genomics


    Useful References