Quantitative Genetics in the Wild by Anne CharmantierQuantitative Genetics in the Wild by Anne Charmantier

Quantitative Genetics in the Wild

EditorAnne Charmantier, Dany Garant, Loeske E. B. Kruuk

Paperback | May 3, 2014

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Although the field of quantitative genetics - the study of the genetic basis of variation in quantitative characteristics such as body size, or reproductive success - is almost 100 years old, its application to the study of evolutionary processes in wild populations has expanded greatly overthe last few decades. During this time, the use of "wild quantitative genetics" has provided insights into a range of important questions in evolutionary ecology, ranging from studies conducting research in well-established fields such as life-history theory, behavioural ecology and sexualselection, to others addressing relatively new issues such as populations' responses to climate change or the process of senescence in natural environments. Across these fields, there is increasing appreciation of the need to quantify the genetic - rather than just the phenotypic - basis and diversity of key traits, the genetic basis of the associations between traits, and the interaction between these genetic effects and the environment. This researchactivity has been fuelled by methodological advances in both molecular genetics and statistics, as well as by exciting results emerging from laboratory studies of evolutionary quantitative genetics, and the increasing availability of suitable long-term datasets collected in natural populations,especially in animals. Quantitative Genetics in the Wild is the first book to synthesize the current level of knowledge in this exciting and rapidly-expanding area. This comprehensive volume also offers exciting perspectives for future studies in emerging areas, including the application of quantitative genetics to plantsor arthropods, unraveling the molecular basis of variation in quantitative traits, or estimating non-additive genetic variance. Since this book deals with many fundamental questions in evolutionary ecology, it should be of interest to graduate, post-graduate students, and academics from a wide arrayof fields such as animal behaviour, ecology, evolution, and genetics.
Dr Anne Charmantier is an evolutionary ecologist working for the CNRS in Montpellier, France. Her research interests are centered on understanding the evolutionary mechanisms underlying variation in life-history and behavioural traits in natural populations. She particularly focuses on the role of environmental degradation; this degra...
Title:Quantitative Genetics in the WildFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.03 inPublished:May 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199674248

ISBN - 13:9780199674244


Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Four decades of estimating heritabilities in wild vertebrate populations3. Quantitative Genetic Approaches to Understanding Sexual Selection and Mating System Evolution in the Wild4. Individual behaviour: behavioural ecology meets quantitative genetics5. The quantitative genetics of senescence in wild animals6. The effects of others' genes: maternal and other indirect genetic effects7. Dominance genetic variance and inbreeding in natural populations8. Cross-pollination of plants and animals: wild quantitative genetics and plant evolutionary genetics9. Quantitative genetics of wild populations of arthropods10. Case study: quantitative genetics and sexual selection of weaponry in a wild ungulate11. Epigenetic processes and genetic architecture in character origination and evolution12. Evolutionary potential and constraints in wild populations13. Molecular quantitative genetics14. Bayesian approaches to the quantitative genetic analysis of natural populations15. Evolutionary dynamics in response to climate change