The Fourth Edition of Genetics of Populations is the most current, comprehensive, and accessible introduction to the field for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers in genetics, evolution, conservation, and related fields. In the past several years, interest in the application of population genetics principles to new molecular data has increased greatly, and Dr. Hedrick's new edition exemplifies his commitment to keeping pace with this dynamic area of study.
Reorganized to allow students to focus more sharply on key material, the Fourth Edition integrates coverage of theoretical issues with a clear presentation of experimental population genetics and empirical data. Drawing examples from both recent and classic studies, and using a variety of organisms to illustrate the vast developments of population genetics, this text provides students and researchers with the most comprehensive resource in the field.
This text was designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have had a course in genetics or evolution and have an aptitude for quantitative thinking. The level of mathematics generally required is college algebra, but introductory calculus and statistics are sometimes employed. Possible course titles include: Population Genetics and Genetics of Populations.
- Updated with the latest information within the area of genomics, discussed at the population genetics level.
- A new reorganization allows students to grasp important concepts, like molecular evolution, earlier in the course.
- Includes new and revised end-of-chapter exercises, and new examples have been introduced throughout the text.
- A student-friendly writing style provides clear explanations of difficult topics.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 General Background and the Diversity of Genetic Variation
Chapter 2 Measures of Genetic Variation
Chapter 3 Selection
Chapter 4 Genetic Drift and Effective Population Size
Chapter 5 Mutation
Chapter 6 Neutral Theory and Coalescence
Chapter 7 Gene Flow and Population Structure
Chapter 8 Inbreeding and Related Topics
Chapter 9 Molecular Population Genetics and Evolution
Answers to Numerical Problems
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Philip W. Hedrick - Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Dr. Hedrick's research focuses on a number of topics related to the conservation of endangered species and the genetic basis of evolutionary processes. For example, he currently has projects on microsatellite variation, fitness, inbreeding depression, and outbreeding depression in the endangered Gila topminnow and on inbreeding depression in the Mexican wolf. Another major area of research is variation in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), the most variable group of genes in many organisms ones related to disease resistance. MHC variation is being examined in the Gila topminnow, desert bighorn sheep, Arabian oryx, Przewalski's horse, winter-run chinook salmon and its relationship to disease resistance studied in winter-run chinook salmon and bighorn sheep. In addition, he carries out theoretical research on the maintenance of genetic variation in variable environments, genetic variation in metapopulations, and purging inbreeding depression.