Molecular Ecology / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $138.35
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 23%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $138.35   
  • New (5) from $138.35   
  • Used (2) from $170.69   


This second edition provides an accessible introduction to the many diverse aspects of this subject. The book unites theory with examples from a wide range of taxa in a logical and progressive manner, and its straightforward writing style makes subjects such as population genetics and phylogenetics highly comprehensible to its readers. The first part of the book introduces the essential underpinnings of molecular ecology and opens with a review of genetics and a discussion of the molecular markers that are most frequently used in ecological research. The second half of the book then moves on to specific applications of molecular ecology, covering phylogeography, behavioural ecology and conservation genetics. The final chapter looks at molecular ecology in a wider context by using a number of case studies that are relevant to various economic and social concerns, including wildlife forensics, agriculture and overfishing.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I recommend this book to academic and research libraries for undergraduate study or as a review for those beginning in the area." (E-STREAMS, September 2007)

"…as an introduction to the basic foundations of molecular ecology, this book will be a valuable resource." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, December 2006)

"This text would be ideal for an undergraduate course in molecular ecology or for a researcher moving into this expanding field…highly recommended." (CHOICE, July 2006)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470748343
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Freeland's research career in molecular ecology has embraced aspects of evolution, behavioural ecology, population genetics, and conservation genetics.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents



1 Molecular Genetics in Ecology.

What is molecular ecology?

The emergence of molecular ecology.

Protein allozymes.

Allozymes as genetic markers.

An unlimited source of data.

Mutation and recombination.

Is genetic variation adaptive?

Polymerase chain reaction.

Getting data from PCR.

Quantitative PCR.


Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Review questions.

2 Molecular Markers in Ecology.

Understanding molecular markers.

Modes of Inheritance.

Nuclear versus organelle.

Haploid chromosomes.

Identifying hybrids.

Uniparental markers: A cautionary note

Molecular markers.

Co-dominant markers.

Dominant markers.


Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Online activities.

Review questions.

3 Genetic Analysis of Single Populations.

Why Study Single Populations?

What is a population?

Quantifying genetic diversity.

Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.

Estimates of genetic diversity.

Haploid diversity.

Choice of marker.

What Influences Genetic Diversity?

Genetic drift.

What is effective population size?

Quantifying census population size.

Quantifying effective population size.

Demographic influences on Ne.

Ne, genetic drift and genetic diversity.

Population bottlenecks.

Founder effects and invasive species.

Natural selection.

The major histocompatibility complex.



Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Online activities.

Review questions.

4 Genetic Analysis of Multiple Populations.

Why study multiple populations?

Quantifying Population Subdivision.

Genetic distance.


Interpreting FST.

Non-a priori identification of populations.

Quantifying Gene Flow.

Direct methods.

Indirect methods.

Assignment tests.

What Influences Gene Flow?

Barriers to dispersal.

Landscape genetics.


Interspecific interactions.


Population differentiation: genetic drift and natural selection.

Gene flow and genetic drift.

Gene flow and local adaptation.


Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Online activities. 

Review questions.

5 Studying Ecologically Important Traits: Ecogenomics, QTL Analysis, and Reverse Genetics.

Studying ecologically important traits.

cDNA libraries and ESTs.


How do microarrays work?


Verifying differences in gene expression.

Microarray applications.

Microarrays and community ecology of microorganisms.

Microorganism functions.

Microarrays and genotyping.

Connecting genotype to phenotype.

Reverse genetics.

QTL analysis.

Linkage mapping.

QTL mapping.

QTL mapping of ecologically important traits.


Chapter Summary.

Useful Websites and Software.

Further Reading.

Review Questions.

6 Phylogeography.

What is Phylogeography?

Molecular markers in phylogeography.

Organelle versus nuclear markers.

Repetitive versus non-repetitive markers.

Molecular clocks.

Bifurcating trees.

The coalescent.

Applying the coalescent.


Nested Clade Phylogeographic Amalysis and statistical phylogeography.

The distributions of genetic lineages.

Subdivided populations.

Dispersal and vicariance.

Comparative phylogeography.

Regional concordance.

Continental concordance.

European post-glacial recolonization routes.

Dispersal and invasive species.

Allele sharing between species.

Lineage sorting.



Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Online activities. 

Review questions.

7 Behavioural Ecology.

Why use molecules to study behaviour?

Mating systems.

Parentage analysis.

Extra-pair fertilizations.

Social breeding.

Social insects.

Manipulating sex ratios.

Sex ratio conflicts.

Sex-biased dispersal.

Nuclear and mitochondrial markers.


FST values.

Assignment tests.

Spatial autocorrelation.

Concordant results.

Predators and prey.

Identifying prey.

Predation and conservation.


Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further reading.

Online activities. 

Review questions.

8 Conservation Genetics.

The need for conservation.


Species concepts.

DNA barcoding.


Conservation units.


Population size, genetic diversity and inbreeding.

Inbreeding depression.

Heterozygosity fitness correlations.


Inbreeding avoidance

Outbreeding depression.


Genetic rescue.

Source populations.

Restoration genetics.

Captive breeding.

Maximizing genetic diversity.

Captive inbreeding and outbreeding.

Genetic diversity banks.


Chapter summary.

Useful websites and software.

Further Reading.

Online activities. 

Review questions.


Answers to Review Questions.



Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)