Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

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Edited By: John A. Allen

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Online ISSN: 1095-8312

Associated Title(s): Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

Robert Sokal Virtual Issue


Thirty-five years of spatial autocorrelation analysis in population genetics: an essay in honour of Robert Sokal (1926-2012)

JOSÉ ALEXANDRE FELIZOLA DINIZ-FILHO and LUIS MAURICIO BINI

We could not start this Virtual Issue, literally from the beginning, without expressing our sadness over the passing of Prof. Robert R. Sokal. We are sure, nevertheless, that the importance of his scientific achievements will ensure that he is long remembered. In this modest tribute to Prof. Sokal, we highlight his contributions to the field of population genetics and spatial statistical methods. Specifically, we discuss how two papers, co-authored by Prof. N. L. Oden and published in the pages of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society in 1978, revolutionised the field of analytical population genetics. In these papers, Sokal and Oden created an elegant framework to infer evolutionary processes (e.g., isolation-by-distance, demic diffusion, selection gradients, genetic drift) from spatial autocorrelation analysis of genetic variation patterns. We also highlight the pivotal importance of Sokal’s work to the development of emerging fields (e.g., landscape and conservation genetics). We hope this virtual issue containing the papers Prof. Sokal published in BJLS and later, related papers by other researchers will help to remember his work and maintain his legacy of spatial analysis in genetics, ecology and evolutionary biology.

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Sokal RR, Oden NL. 1978a. Spatial autocorrelation in biology. 1. Methodology. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 10: 199-228. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1978.tb00013.x

Sokal RR, Oden NL. 1978b. Spatial autocorrelation in biology. 2. Some biological implications and four applications of evolutionary and ecological interest. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 10: 229-249. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1978.tb00014.x

Sokal RR, Bird J, Riska B. 1980. Geographic variation in Pemphigus populicaulis (Insecta: Aphididae) in Eastern North America. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 14: 163-200. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1980.tb00104.x.

Sokal RR, Riska B. 1981. Geographic variation in Pemphigus populitransversus (Insecta: Aphididae). Biological Journal of Linnean Society 15: 201-233. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1981.tb00760.x

Sokal RR, Oden N, Thomson BA. 1997. A simulation study of microevolutionary inferences by spatial autocorrelation analysis. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 60: 73-93. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1997.tb01484.x

Sokal RR, Oden NL, Thomson BA. 1998. Local spatial autocorrelation in biological variables. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 65: 41-62. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1998.tb00350.x

Eastel S. 1989. The effects of genetic drift during range expansion on geographical patterns of variation: a computer simulation of the colonization of Australia by Bufo marinus. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 37: 281-295. Article first published online : 20 MAY 2009, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1989.tb01906.x.

Thorpe RS, Baez M. 1993. Geographic variation in scalation of the lizard Gallotia stehlini within the island of Gran Canaria. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 48: 75-87. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1993.tb00878.x.

Porter AH, Geiger H. 1995. Limitations to the inference of gene flow at regional scales – an example from Pieris napi group (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) in Europe. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 54: 329-348. Article first published online : 14 JAN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1995.tb01041.x

Durand J-D, Guinand B, Bouvet Y. 1999. Local and global multivariate analysis of geographical mitochondrial DNA variation in Leuciscus cephalus L. 1758 (Pisces: Cyprinidae) in the Balkan Peninsula. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 67: 19-42. Article first published online : 28 JUN 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1999.tb01927.x.

Pfenninger M. 2002. Relationship between microspatial population genetic structure and habitat heterogeneity in Pomatias elegans (O. F. Muller 1774) (Caenogastropoda, Pomatiasidae). Biological Journal of Linnean Society 76: 565-575. Article first published online : 26 JUL 2002, DOI: 10.1046/j.1095-8312.2002.00080.x

Etges WJ, Levitan M. 2004. Palaeoclimatic variation, adaptation and biogeography of inversion polymorphisms in natural populations of Drosophila robusta. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 81: 395-411. Article first published online : 10 MAR 2004, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2004.00306.x

Pellegrino KCM, Rodrigues MT, Wait AN, Morando M, Yassuda YY, Sites Jr JW. 2005. Phylogeography and species limits in the Gymnodactylus darwinii complex (Gekkonidae: Squamata): genetic structure coincides with river systems in the Brazilian Atlantic forest. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 85: 13-26. Article first published online: 25 APR 2005. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00472.x

Hardy OJ, Pearcy M, Aron S. 2008. Small scale spatial genetic structure in an ant species with sex-biased dispersion. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 93: 465-473. Article first published online: 4 FEB 2008, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2007.00898.x

Santure AW, Ewen JG, Sicard D, Roff DA, Moller AP. 2010. Population structure in the barn swallow, Hirundo rustica: a comparison between neutral DNA markers and quantitative traits. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 99: 306-314. Article first published online : 18 JAN 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01366.x.

Meister B, Hofer U, Ursenbacher S, Baur B. 2010. Spatial genetic analysis of the grass snake, Natrix natrix (Squamata: Colubridae) in an extensively used agricultural landscape. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 101: 51-58. Article first published online : 24 AUG 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01474.x.

Alados CL, Navarro T, Komac B, Pascual V, Rietkerk M. 2010. Dispersal abilities and spatial patterns in fragmented landscapes. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 100: 935-947. Article first published online : 15 JUL 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01465.x

Croucher PJP, Oxford GS, Gillespie RG. 2011. Population structure and dispersal in a patchy landscape: nuclear and mitochondrial markers reveal area effects in the spider Theridion californicum (Araneae: Theridiidae). Biological Journal of Linnean Society 104: 600-620. Article first published online : 17 OCT 2011, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01734.x

Zanatta DT, Wilson CC. 2011. Testing congruence of geographic and genetic population structure for a freshwater mussel (Bivalvia: Unionoida) and its host fish. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 102: 669-685. Article first published online: 10 FEB 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01596.x

Binks RM, Evans JP, Prince J, Kennington WJ. 2011. Fine-scale patterns of genetic divergence within and between morphologically variable subspecies of the sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma (Echinometridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 103: 578-592. Article first published online: 16 JUN 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01663.x

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