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Conservation Genetics

Conservation Genetics

Editor: A. Rus Hoelzel

ISSN: 1566-0621 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-9737 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10592

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A. Rus Hoelzel
Department of Biosciences, University of Durham, UK

Reviews Editor:
Sean Hoban
University of Tennessee, USA

Associate Editors:

Nicola Anthony, University of New Orleans, LA, USA
James D. Austin, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Paul H. Barber, University of California Los Angeles, CA, USA
Giacomo Bernardi, University of California Santa Cruz, CA, USA
David Boshier, University of Oxford, UK
David Chapple, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia
Christine Edwards, Missouri Botanical Garden, MO USA
Richard Ennos, University of Edinburgh, UK
Holly Ernest, University of Wyoming, Davis, CA, USA
Jeremie Fant, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Il, USA
John Carlos Garza
, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Song Ge, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 
Bernd Hänfling , University of Hull, United Kingdom
Jacob Höglund, Uppsala University, Sweden 
Alistair S. Jump, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
Siegfried Krauss, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, West Perth, WA, Australia
Antoine Kremer, INRA, Gazinet, France
David M. Lambert, Griffith University, Nathan, Qld, Australia
Jennifer A. LeonardEstación Biológica de Doñana, Sevilla, Spain
Stephen C. Lougheed, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
Jesús E. Maldonado, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA
Einar Eg Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark, Silkeborg, Denmark 
Per J. Palsboll, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Stuart Piertney, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Ettore Randi, Istituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvatica, Ozzano Emilia, Italy
Derek A. Roff, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA 
Michael A. RusselloUniversity of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, Canada 
Aaron B.A. Shafer, Uppsala University, Sweden
Simone Sommer, Leibniz-Institute for Zoo- and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin, Germany
Andrew Storfer, Washington State University, Pullman, USA
Robert J. Toonen, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Kaneohe, HI, USA
Anti Vasemägi, University of Turku, Finland
Carles Vilà, Doñana Biological Research Station – SCIC, Seville, Spain
Alfried P. Vogler, The Natural History Museum, London, UK

Editorial Review Board:

Fred W. Allendorf, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA
Peter Arctander, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
John Avise, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Jonathan Ballou, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
Terry Burke, University of Sheffield, UK
Gary R. Carvalho, Bangor University, Gwynned, UK
Deborah Charlesworth, University of Edinburgh, UK
David W. Coltman, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada 
Rob DeSalle, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Michele R. Dudash, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, UK
Hans Ellegren, Uppsala University, Sweden
Steve Fain, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, Ashland, OR, USA
Robert C. Fleischer, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
Richard Frankham, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia 
H. Lisle Gibbs, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
Susan Haig, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
James L. Hamrick, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Phil Hedrick, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Robert C. Lacy, Chicago Zoological Society, IL, USA
Michael Lynch, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IL, USA
Craig Moritz, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Joseph E. Neigel, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, USA
Stephen J. O'Brien, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD, USA 
Steve Palumbi,
Stanford University, CA, USA
Josephine Pemberton, University of Edinburgh, UK
Katherine Ralls, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
Loren H. Rieseberg, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 
Oliver A. Ryder, Zoological Society of San Diego, CA, USA
Barbara A. Schaal, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA
Michael Soulé, The Wildlands Project, Santa Cruz, CO, USA
Pierre Taberlet, CNRS, Grenoble, France
Robert C. Vrijenhoek, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA , USA
Robin S. Waples, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, USA




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    Conservation Genetics promotes the conservation of genetic diversity by providing a forum where data and ideas can be presented, facilitating the further development of this field of study. Contributions come from researchers in a variety of fields including population genetics, molecular ecology and biology, evolutionary biology, and systematics, to name just a few. Conservation issues are multifaceted and incorporate diverse disciplines. This journal will focus on genetic and evolutionary applications to the problems of conservation, while reflecting the diversity of concerns that are relevant to conservation biology. Papers are accepted in the following categories: original research, short communications, review papers and perspectives. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

    The taxonomic identification and phylogenetic classification of species and populations, and measures of phylogenetic diversity and uniqueness.
    The identification of hybrid species, hybridization in native populations, and assessing the history and extent of introgression between species.
    Population genetic structure of natural and managed populations including the identification of `evolutionary significant units' and `management units' for conservation, and integration with studies in large-scale ecology (e.g. using GIS and related technologies).
    The assessment of levels of genetic variation within a species or population, including small or endangered populations, and the estimation of measures such as effective population size (e.g. through the application of coalescence models to estimate demographic variables).
    Studies on the impact of inbreeding and outbreeding depression, and on the relationship between heterozygosity and measures of fitness.
    Assessments of mate choice and reproductive strategy (e.g. when the natural pattern of behaviour is thought to have been disrupted).
    Forensic applications, especially for the control of trade in endangered species.
    Practical methods for maximising genetic diversity during captive breeding programs and re-introduction schemes, including mathematical models and case studies.
    Conservation issues related to the introduction of GM plants and animals.
    The direct interaction between environmental contaminants and the biology and health of an organism. This could include studies on the effect of anthropogenic factors on mutation rates, evolutionary adaptation to local changes in the environment (such as industrial melanism), and studies on specific genetic systems that are affected by changes in the environment (such as evidence for the immunosuppressive effects of some contaminants, or an impact on the frequency of specific MHC haplotypes).

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