A Primer of Ecological Genetics

ISBN : 9780878932023

Jeffrey K. Conner; Daniel L. Hartl
240 Pages
152 x 226 mm
Pub date
Feb 2004
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This book covers basic concepts in population and quantitative genetics, including measuring selection on phenotypic traits. The emphasis is on material applicable to field studies of evolution focusing on ecologically important traits. Topics addressed are critical for training students in ecology, evolution, conservation biology, agriculture, forestry and wildlife management.Many texts in this field are too complex and mathematical to allow the average student to grasp the key concepts. A Primer of Ecological Genetics, in contrast, employs mathematics and statistics-fully explained, but at a less advanced level-as tools to improve understanding of biological principles. Integration of the different chapters of the book shows students how diverse concepts relate to each other.


1 Introduction
2 Population genetics I: Genetic variation, random and nonrandom mating
3 Population genetics II: Changes in allele frequency
4 Quantitative genetics I: Genetic variation
5 Quantitative genetics II: Advanced topics
6 Natural selection on phenotypes
7 Applied ecological genetics

About the author: 

Jeffrey K. Conner is Professor, Kellogg Biological Station and Department of Plant Biology, at Michigan State University. He earned his B.A. (Biology) at Harvard University and his Ph.D. (with Thomas Eisner, in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior) at Cornell University. His postdoctoral work with Sara Via, also at Cornell, focused on evolutionary quantitative genetics. Dr. Conner's research integrates evolution, genetics, and ecology. He has taught courses in introductory biology, behavioral ecology, population biology, ecological genetics, evolutionary biology, and field ecology and evolution.; Daniel L. Hartl is Higgins Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with James F. Crow, then did postdoctoral study at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Principles of Population Genetics, Third Edition, with Andrew G. Clark; A Primer of Population Genetics, Third Edition; and A Primer of Ecological Genetics, and other leading textbooks on genetics. His current areas of interest include molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics, and population genetics.

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