Evolutionary insights from studies of geographic variation: Contemporary variation and looking to the future

Julie R Etterson, Heather E. Schneider, Nicole L. Soper Gorden, Jennifer J. Weber

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Abstract

In an age of rapid global change, it is imperative that we continue to improve our understanding of factors that govern genetic differentiation in plants to inform biologically reasonable predictions for the future and enlighten conservation and restoration practices. In this special issue, we have assembled a set of original research and reviews that employ diverse approaches, both classic and contemporary, to illuminate patterns of phenotypic and genetic variation, probe the underlying evolutionary processes that have contributed to these patterns, build predictive models, and test evolutionary hypotheses. Our goal was to underscore the unique insights that can be obtained through the complementary and distinct studies of plant populations across species’ geographic ranges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of botany
Volume103
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2016

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© 2016 Botanical Society of America.

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Clinal variation
  • Evolutionary prediction
  • Genetic differentiation
  • Geographic variation
  • Mating systems
  • Resurrection ecology

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