This course is offered to meet the needs of students wanting to work in conservation genetics and to provide a genetic prospective to students working in other areas of conservation biology. The two primary goals of the class are to give students first-hand experience in a conservation genetics lab and to publish a research paper as a class. This is a laboratory based course with an emphasis on producing useful conservation related data and subsequently publishing our results. The class will be structured to mirror the steps involved in taking a research project from an idea all the way through to publication. Emphasis will be primarily on the lab work, data analyses, and writing and review process, though grant writing and sample collection will be introduced. Enrollment Requirements: Concurrent enrollment in WFSC/GENE/ECOL 430 required.