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Edited By: Loren Rieseberg
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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 6/46 (Evolutionary Biology); 11/140 (Ecology); 40/291 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Online ISSN: 1365-294X
Associated Title(s): Molecular Ecology Resources
Recently Published Issues
Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy Symposium
“Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy” symposium took place between 13-15 August 2014 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the influential Genetics of Colonizing Species symposium. We heard from a broad range of contributors who captured both the legacy of work on the genetics of colonizing species, and new contributions and perspectives. Associated papers will appear in a Special Issue of Molecular Ecology in 2015.
Faculty of 1000 Coverage
Reviews on the Faculty of 1000 website
- Monitoring endangered freshwater biodiversity using environmental DNA
- A conserved haplotype controls parallel adaptation in geographically distant salmonid populations
- The Molecular Ecology paper Rapid genetic adaptation precedes the spread of an exotic plant species has received coverage on ScienceDaily.
- The Molecular Ecology paper Two decades of genetic profiling yields first evidence of natal philopatry and long-term fidelity to parturition sites in sharks has received wide-spread media coverage, including from the BBC, LA Times, and National Geographic.
- The Molecular Ecology paper Integrating multiple lines of evidence to better understand the evolutionary divergence of humpback dolphins along their entire distribution range: a new dolphin species in Australian waters? has received wide-spread media coverage, including coverage from the The Washington Post and The National Geographic.
- The Molecular Ecology paper Exclusive rewards in mutualisms: ant proteases and plant protease inhibitors create a lock–key system to protect Acacia food bodies from exploitation has received coverage on the National Geographic website.
- The Molecular Ecology paper Northern range expansion of European populations of the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi is associated with global warming–correlated genetic admixture and population-specific temperature adaptations has received coverage on the BBC website.
- The Molecular Ecology paper Carrion fly-derived DNA as a tool for comprehensive and cost-effective assessment of mammalian biodiversity has received coverage in: Nature I The Scientist I Science Now I National Geographic
- New York Times coverage - Rare Trout Survives in Just One Stream, DNA Reveals. Read the paper: Historical stocking data and 19th century DNA reveal human-induced changes to native diversity and distribution of cutthroat trout
- Read Nature's coverage of the Special Issue, Environmental DNA:
A road map for molecular ecology
Molecular Ecology Road Map
The discipline of molecular ecology has undergone enormous changes since the journal bearing its name was launched approximately two decades ago. The field has seen great strides in analytical methods development, made groundbreaking discoveries and experienced a revolution in genotyping technology. Molecular Ecology has published a road map paper, where we provide brief perspectives on the main subdisciplines of molecular ecology, describe key questions and goals, discuss common challenges, predict future research directions and suggest research priorities for the next 20 years.
Read the paper for free here.
Molecular Ecology Online Forum
At the First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology we held a one day symposium to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Molecular Ecology.
The symposium was organised by Loren Rieseberg and Tim Vines (University of British Columbia), and showcased some of the best research in each of the fields covered by the journal, mapping out future research priorities with panel discussions.
On October 24th 2012 we held an Online Forum, facilitated by the organisers and speakers of this Symposium, to explore further discussion of the topics and talks held. Read the forum discussion for free here.
Molecular Ecology Cover Gallery
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From the Cover Virtual Issue
This virtual issue of ‘From the Cover’ papers is intended to highlight many of the most high-profile papers published in Molecular Ecology over the past three years. A wide diversity of topics is represented, ranging from biodiversity monitoring using environmental DNA to analyses of feral transgenic grasses to the discovery of a cryptic crocodile species from mummy DNA. The full arsenal of molecular ecology tools is exploited, including both conventional and next generation DNA sequencing approaches, functional investigations of ecologically important genes and traits, phylogeographic analyses of the demographic history of species, and field, laboratory, and DNA sequence-based detection of natural selection.
Our 'From the Cover' section contains papers of exceptional interest to a wide audience and that address significant questions in ecology, evolution, behaviour or conservation.
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