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Molecular Ecology

ISBN: 978-0-470-09063-3
400 pages
March 2006
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Molecular Ecology provides a comprehensive 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 accessible 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, starting with a review of genetics and a discussion of the molecular markers that are most frequently used in ecological research. This leads into an overview of population genetics in ecology. 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
* comprehensive overview of the different aspects of molecular ecology
* attention to both theoretical and applied concerns
* accessible writing style and logical structure
* numerous up-to-date examples and references

This will be an invaluable reference for those studying molecular ecology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, conservation genetics and behavioural ecology, as well as researchers working in these fields.
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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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Dr Freeland's research career in molecular ecology has embraced aspects of evolution, behavioural ecology, population genetics, and conservation genetics.
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  • Provides a comprehensive overview of molecular ecology.
  • Includes coverage of population genetics, phylogeography, behavioural ecology and conservation genetics.
  • Molecular Ecology incorporates applied and theoretical perspectives
  • Theoretical concepts are supported by case studies based on published research.
  • Many of the chapters end with an activity in which students can apply what they have learnt to hypothetical cases that are base on actual species and realistic data sets.
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"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)

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