Biology 434/509: Population Genetics

Fall 2014

There will be two final exam viewing periods in January ( in my office): January 5 at 1:30 and January 20 at 2 pm.

The lecture notes are posted here in PDF form. (also will available from Copiesmart)

The extra office hours for BIOL 434 and 509 will be on December 9 in Biodiversity 224 at 2 pm.

Some quantitative genetic practice questions are here. (answers)

The schedule for the grad student presentations is here. Presentations: Rosemary, Melissa, Connor, John, Marie, Ogan

Note: The class will follow the lecture notes only loosely. These notes are provided as an extra add-on; if the difference in coverage between class and notes bothers you, please just take notes in class.

The midterm key is here.

The final exam will be December 11 at 7 pm. Location is Angus 347.


Some recommended problems to practice with from Hedrick (2000), available in Woodward. Also, here are some practice problems from Hartl and Clark.

Class Info

       Course outline

      Formulae sheet

       Old midterm; Another previous midterm. Midterm 2008 answer key. Midterm 2009. Midterm 2010, AND OLD FINAL AND ANSWERS .


Assignment 1 (Due September 18 in class) -- answers

Assignment 2 (Due September 25 in class)-- answers

Assignment 3 (Due October 2 in class) -- answers

Assignment 4 (Due October 9 in class) -- answers

Assignment 5 (Due October 16 in class) -- answers

No assignment for the week of the midterm.

Assignment 6 (Due November 6in class) --


No assignment for Nov 13.



Professor: Dr. Michael Whitlock
Office: Biodiversity 216
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30 (or after class)



Where is...?

Classes are 11-12:30 TTh


When is...?

The midterm will be held during class on Oct 23 or 30. We will vote as a class for the date.

The assignments are due in class.

The final exam is scheduled by UBC .

Textbook (Highly recommended)

Charlesworth and Charlesworth, Elements of Evolutionary Genetics. Text will be available at the bookstore or online. Note that it will be much cheaper to order online directly from the publisher, but it takes two weeks to arrive.

There are also many references on reserve in Woodward Library, including copies of Hartl and Clark.

In addition, course notes are available from Copiesmart in the UBC VIllage (5728 University Blvd #103).


Mid-term date: TBD.


The course grade will be averaged in the following way:





Assignments (homework) and participation



Make-up policy

Make-ups for the final exam will follow the university policy.  No make-ups for the mid-term are given. If a student misses the mid-term for a valid reason, the final exam grade will be counted for the mid-term as well.