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Molecular Ecology / Edition 2
     

Molecular Ecology / Edition 2

by Joanna R. Freeland, Stephen D. Petersen, Heather Kirk
 

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ISBN-10: 0470748338

ISBN-13: 9780470748336

Pub. Date: 06/15/2011

Publisher: Wiley

Molecular Ecology, 2nd Edition provides an accessible introduction to the many diverse aspects of this subject. The book takes a logical and progressive approach to uniting theory with examples from a wide range of taxonomic groups. The straightforward writing style offers in-depth analysis whilst making often challenging subjects such as population genetics

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Molecular Ecology, 2nd Edition provides an accessible introduction to the many diverse aspects of this subject. The book takes a logical and progressive approach to uniting theory with examples from a wide range of taxonomic groups. The straightforward writing style offers in-depth analysis whilst making often challenging subjects such as population genetics and phylogenetics highly comprehensible to the reader.

The first part of the book introduces the essential underpinnings of molecular ecology, and includes a review of genetics, a discussion of the molecular markers that are most frequently used in ecological research, and a chapter devoted to the newly emerging field of ecological genomics. The second half of the book covers specific applications of molecular ecology, covering phylogeography, behavioural ecology and conservation genetics.

The new edition provides a thoroughly up-to-date introduction to the field, emphasising new types of analyses and including current examples and techniques whilst also retaining the information-rich, highly readable style which set the first edition apart.

  • Incorporates both theoretical and applied perspectives
  • Highly accessible, user-friendly approach and presentation
  • Includes links to online self-assessment activities with hypothetical cases based on actual species and realistic data sets
  • Uses case studies to place the theory in context
  • Provides coverage of population genetics, genomics, phylogeography, behavioural ecology and conservation genetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470748336
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
820,375
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Molecular Genetics in Ecology.

What is molecular ecology?

The emergence of molecular ecology.

An unlimited source of data.

Overview.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

2. Molecular Markers in Ecology.

Understanding molecular markers.

Nodes of inheritance.

Molecular markers.

Overview.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

3. Genetic Analysis of Single Populations.

Why study single populations?

Quantifying genetic diversity.

What influences genetic diversity?

Overview.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

4. Genetic Analysis of Multiple Populations.

Why study multiple populations?

Quantifying population subdivision

Quantifying gene flow

What influences gene flow?

Population differentiation: genetic drift and natural selection

Overview.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

5. Phylogeography.

What is phylogeography?

Molecular markers in phylogeography.

Molecular clocks.

Bifurcating trees.

The coalescent.

Networks.

Nested clade phylogeographic analysis and statistical phylogeography.

Distribution of genetic lineages.

Comparative phylogeography.

Introduced species.

Overview.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

6. Molecular Approaches to Behavioural Ecology.

Using molecules to study behaviour.

Mating systems.

Manipulation of sex ratio.

Sex-biased dispersal.

Foraging.

Overview.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

7. Conservation Genetics.

The need for conservation.

Taxonomy.

Population size, genetic diversity and inbreeding.

Captive breeding.

Overview.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

8. Molecular Ecology in a Wider Context.

Applications of molecular ecology.

Wildlife forensics.

Agriculture.

Fishing.

The future of molecular ecology.

Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

Glossary.

Answers to Review Questions.

References.

Index.

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