Saturday, January 26, 2008

Evolutionary Dynamics of Wild Populations

I reckon you might find something to chew over in the open-access special issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on the special topic of Evolutionary Dynamics of Wild Populations:

Studies of populations in the wild can provide unique insights into the forces driving evolutionary dynamics. This special issue of Proceedings B focuses on exciting new developments in long-term analyses of animal populations where pedigree information has been collected. A range of studies illustrates their use in addressing fundamental questions concerning the genetic basis of phenotypic diversity, patterns of natural and sexual selection, the occurrence of inbreeding and inbreeding depression, and speciation. Within this framework, several important current challenges in evolutionary biology are addressed, including the analysis of evolutionary responses to climate change, exploration of the genetic basis of senescence, the exploitation of rapid advancements in molecular genetic technology, and in-depth reviews of developments in quantitative genetic statistical methodology. With study species ranging from lizards to humans, from sparrows to red deer, this unique collection provides a fascinating overview of the wealth of information available from long-term studies



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