Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild

Hardcover | January 15, 2000

EditorTimothy A. Mousseau, Barry Sinervo, John A. Endler

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Two of the great mysteries of biology yet to be explored concern the distribution and abundance of genetic variation in natural populations and the genetic architecture of complex traits. These are tied together by their relationship to natural selection and evolutionary history, and some ofthe keys to disclosing these secrets lie in the study of wild organisms in their natural environments. This book, featuring a superb selection of papers from leading authors, summarizes the state of current understanding about the extent of genetic variation within wild populations and the ways to monitor such variation. It proposes the idea that a fundamental objective of evolutionary ecology isnecessary to predict organism, population, community, and ecosystem response to environmental change. In fact, the overall theme of the papers centers around the expression of genetic variation and how it is shaped by the action of natural selection in the natural environment.Patterns of adaptation in the past and the genetic basis of traits likely to be under selection in a dynamically changing environment is discussed along with a wide variety of techniques to test for genetic variation and its consequences, ranging from classical demography to the use of molecularmarkers. This book is perfect for professionals and graduate students in genetics, biology, ecology, conservation biology, and evolution.

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Two of the great mysteries of biology yet to be explored concern the distribution and abundance of genetic variation in natural populations and the genetic architecture of complex traits. These are tied together by their relationship to natural selection and evolutionary history, and some ofthe keys to disclosing these secrets lie in ...

Timothy A. Mousseau is at University of South Carolina. Barry Sinervo is at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant: Quantitative Genetic Variation in Populations of Darwin's Finches2. Barry Sinervo: Adaptation, Natural Selection, and Optimal Life History Allocation3. Beren W. Robinson and Dolph Schluter: Natural Selection and the Evolution of Adaptive Genetic Variation in Northern Freshwater Fishes4. Ruedi G. Nager, Lukas F. Keller, and Arie J. van Noordwijk: Understanding Natural Selection on Traits that are Influenced by Environmental Conditions5. Susan Mopper, Keli Landau, and Peter Van Zandt: Adaptive Evolution and Neutral Variation in a Wild Leafminer Metapopulation6. Thomas B. Smith and Derek J. Girman: Reaching New Adaptive Peaks: Evolution of Alternative Adaptive Bill Forms in an African Finch7. Susan J. Mazer and Daniel E. Meade: Geographic Variation in Flower Size in Wild Radish: The Potential Role of Pollinators in Population Differentiation8. Kermit Ritland: Detecting Inheritance with Inferred Relatedness in Nature9. Ary A. Hoffmann: Laboratory and Field Heritabilities: Some Lessons From Drosophila10. Timothy A. Mousseau: Intra- and Interpopulation Genetic Variation: Explaining the Past and Predicting the Future11. John A. Endler: Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild

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"This volume assesses the state of understanding of key issues in conservation genetics dashhow much genetic variation exists in wild populations, what measure of adaptive robustness is conferred by genetic variation within populations, and what the methods are for monitoring genetic variationwithin populations."--CAB Abstratcts