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Landscape Genetics: Concepts, Methods, Applications

By: Niko Balkenhol(Editor), Samuel A Cushman(Editor), Andrew T Storfer(Editor), Lisette P Waits(Editor)

272 pages, 8 plates with colour illustrations; b/w illustrations


Hardback | Oct 2015 | #218791 | ISBN-13: 9781118525289
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About this book

Despite the substantial interest in landscape genetics from the scientific community, learning about the concepts and methods underlying the field remains very challenging. The reason for this is the highly interdisciplinary nature of the field, which combines population genetics, landscape ecology, and spatial statistics. These fields have traditionally been treated separately in classes and textbooks, and very few scientists have received the interdisciplinary training necessary to efficiently teach or apply the diversity of techniques encompassed by landscape genetics.

To address the current knowledge gap, Landscape Genetics provides the first in-depth treatment of landscape genetics in a single volume. Specifically, Landscape Genetics delivers fundamental concepts and methods underlying the field, covering particularly important analytical methods in detail, and presenting empirical and theoretical applications of landscape genetics for a variety of environments and species. Consistent with the interdisciplinary nature of landscape genetics, the book combines an introductory, textbook-like section with additional sections on advanced topics and applications that are more typical of edited volumes.

The chapter topics and the expertise of the authors and the editorial team make Landscape Genetics a standard reference for anyone interested in landscape genetics. The book includes contributions from many of the leading researchers in landscape genetics. The group of scientists the editors have assembled has worked on several collaborative projects over the last years, including a large number of peer reviewed papers, several landscape genetics workshops at international conferences, and a distributed graduate seminar on landscape genetics.

Based on the experiences gained during these collaborative teaching and research activities, Landscape Genetics includes chapters that synthesize fundamental concepts and methods underlying landscape genetics (Part 1), chapters on advanced topics that deserve a more in-depth treatment (Part 2), and chapters illustrating the use of concepts and methodsin empirical applications (Part 3). This structure ensures a high usefulness of the book for beginning landscape geneticists and experienced researchers alike, so that it has a broad target audience. At least one of the four co-editors is involved in almost every chapter of Landscape Genetics, thereby ensuring a high consistency and coherency among chapters.


Notes on Contributors

Chapter 1: Introduction to Landscape Genetics – Concepts, Methods, Applications
Niko Balkenhol, Samuel A. Cushman, Andrew Storfer & Lisette Waits

Part 1: Concepts

Chapter 2: Basics of landscape ecology: an introduction to landscapes and population processes for landscape geneticists
Samuel A. Cushman, Brad McRae & Kevin McGarigal

Chapter 3: Basics of population genetics: Quantifying neutral and adaptive genetic variation for landscape genetic studies
Lisette Waits & Andrew Storfer

Chapter 4: Basics of study design: Sampling landscape heterogeneity and genetic variation for landscape genetic studies
Niko Balkenhol & Marie-Josée Fortin

Chapter 5: Basics of spatial data analysis: Linking landscape and genetic data for landscape genetic studies
Helene H. Wagner & Marie-Josée Fortin

Part 2: Methods

Chapter 6: Simulation modeling in landscape genetics
Erin Landguth, Samuel A. Cushman & Niko Balkenhol

Chapter 7: Clustering and assignment methods in landscape genetics
Olivier François & Lisette P. Waits

Chapter 8: Resistance Surface Modeling in Landscape Genetics
Stephen Spear, Samuel A. Cushman & Brad McRae

Chapter 9:  Genomic approaches in landscape genetics
Andrew Storfer, Michael F. Antolin, Stephanie Manel, Bryan K. Epperson & Kim T. Scribner

Chapter 10: Graph theory and network models in landscape genetics
Melanie Murphy, Rodney Dyer & Samuel A. Cushman

Part 3: Applications

Chapter 11: Landscapes and Plant Population Genetics
Rodney J. Dyer

Chapter 12: Applications of landscape genetics to connectivity research in terrestrial animals
Lisette P. Waits, Samuel A. Cushman & Steve Spear

Chapter 13: Waterscape genetics - Applications of landscape genetics to rivers, lakes, and seas
Kimberly A. Selkoe, Kim T. Scribner and Heather M. Galindo

Chapter 14: Current status, future opportunities and remaining challenges in landscape genetics
Andrew Storfer, Samuel A. Cushman, Lisette P. Waits & Niko Balkenhol


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