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Molecular Markers, Natural History, and Evolution [Paperback]

John C. Avise
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April 1, 2004 0878930418 978-0878930418 2
Molecular markers have opened exciting new windows through which to view the natural biological world. This treatment addresses the many applications for genetic markers (from polymorphic proteins and DNA) from the perspectives of population biology, behavioral ecology, organismal evolution, and phylogeny. Opening chapters review the history and purview of molecular approaches, and compare and contrast various laboratory techniques for revealing molecular markers. Subsequent chapters review the extensive scientific literature of molecular ecology and evolution, and describe a cornucopia of captivating discoveries about nature's workings, past and present. The book is taxonomically balanced with numerous examples from plants, animals, and microbes. It is also temporally balanced with examples ranging from assessments of genetic parentage and kinship in the most recent generations to phylogenetic assessments deep in the Tree of Life (and nearly everything in-between). This Second Edition of a seminal work (first published in 1994) brings the reader up-to-date on the many dramatic advances and insights made over the last decade. Furthermore, by retaining descriptions of many pioneering works, this book also traces the empirical and conceptual roots of each subject, and thereby provides a rich sense of the field's history. Appropriate for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and scientists in such disciplines as ecology, genetics, population biology, ethology, molecular biology, systematics, and conservation biology, this new edition is for anyone interested in the application of molecular markers to organisms in the wild.

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...a splendid and timely overview of the impact of molecular techniques on traditional biology --New Scientist

This book will continue to be the reference for graduate students and experienced researchers in the field of molecular evolutionary biology for years to come. With admirable clarity and astonishing breadth and depth, Avise authoritatively reviews the seemingly exponentially increasing literature in fields ranging from molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography to conservation biology and population genetics, some of which the author has shaped and even invented himself. --Axel Meyer, The Quarterly Review of Biology

This excellent book is suitable to incite the interest of undergraduate and graduate students for the use of molecular markers. It is also highly useful for experienced researchers to broaden their knowledge and gather ideas beyond their immediate area of expertise, and it is definitely a treasure chest for university teaching. --Dirk Redecker, Écoscience

This book will continue to be the reference for graduate students and experienced researchers in the field of molecular evolutionary biology for years to come. With admirable clarity and astonishing breadth and depth, Avise authoritatively reviews the seemingly exponentially increasing literature in fields ranging from molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography to conservation biology and population genetics, some of which the author has shaped and even invented himself. --Axel Meyer, The Quarterly Review of Biology

This excellent book is suitable to incite the interest of undergraduate and graduate students for the use of molecular markers. It is also highly useful for experienced researchers to broaden their knowledge and gather ideas beyond their immediate area of expertise, and it is definitely a treasure chest for university teaching. --Dirk Redecker, Écoscience

About the Author

John C. Avise is Professor of Genetics at the University of Georgia, USA. His educational background includes a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Zoology from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. His research centres on natural history, ecology, genetics and the evolution of animals in nature, primarily as revealed by molecular markers. He is currently President of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution and he has also served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Genetic Association. He is an elected member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates; 2 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878930418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878930418
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John C. Avise is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of California, Irvine. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Obligatory reading! April 4, 2005
By Tito
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This book is a comprehensive introduction to the use of molecular markers in evolution, ecology and phylogeny. Very well written, this second edition brings important updates to a field in fast progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book biologists¡ March 18, 2008
By Mahua
Format:Paperback
Everyone that want to know the whole story and news about molecular biology should have this literature. Inside you will find all the authors that make a revolutionary finding in molecular and evolution studies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed reading October 28, 2007
By Aesop
Format:Paperback
A very comprehensive volume dealing with all aspects of molecular methods in ecology and evolution. However, I would NOT recommend this book to individuals with little or no background in population genetics and/or molecular phylogenetics. The author assumes the reader has the basic knowledge in these disciplines and does not discuss introductory concepts. I also find the style of writing to be more complex than necessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. September 26, 1998
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Excelent book, full of diverse examples. Excelent to read too. Full of very interesting informations. Everyone who is interested at the subject should read it.
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