Population Genetics

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Science - 424 pages
This book aims to make population genetics approachable, logical and easily understood. To achieve these goals, the book’s design emphasizes well explained introductions to key principles and predictions. These are augmented with case studies as well as illustrations along with introductions to classical hypotheses and debates. 

Pedagogical features in the text include:

  • Interact boxes that guide readers step-by-step through computer simulations using public domain software.
  • Math boxes that fully explain mathematical derivations.
  • Methods boxes that give insight into the use of actual genetic data.
  • Numerous Problem boxes are integrated into the text to reinforce concepts as they are encountered.
  • Dedicated website at www.wiley.com/go/hamiltongenetics

This text also offers a highly accessible introduction to coalescent theory, the major conceptual advance in population genetics of the last two decades.


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Genotype frequencies
Genetic drift and effective population
Population structure and gene flow
Fundamentals of natural selection
Further models of natural selection
Historical and synthetic topics
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Matthew B. Hamilton teaches population genetics, evolutionary processes, and similar undergraduate and graduate courses at Georgetown University. He conducts research on the processes that shape genetic variation within species using molecular genetic markers as well as predictive mathematical models.

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