Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

Published: 14 June 2017

Edited by Michael Morrissey

Evolutionary quantitative genetics provides formal theoretical frameworks for quantitatively linking natural selection, genetic variation, and the rate and direction of adaptive evolution.  This strong theoretical foundation has long been important in guiding empirical work. The articles in this Virtual Issue highlight important work being done to advance this field. They include papers that draw on a range of new ways of characterising changes in the distribution of traits due to selection; address the issue of characterising modularity; look at the ability of typical sample sizes used studies to characterise phenotypic measures of trait covariation; investigate the influence of spatial autocorrelation in fitness on measures of selection; and much more.

This is an area where empirically-, statistically-, and theoretically-minded people could probably continue to come together, and Methods in Ecology and Evolution's strong developing tradition of publishing their works is very encouraging for future progress in evolution evolutionary quantitative genetics and at its intersection with other aspects of ecology and evolution.

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