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An Introduction to Molecular Ecology

Third Edition

Graham Rowe, Michael Sweet, and Trevor Beebee

March 2017

ISBN: 9780198716990

552 pages

In Stock

Price: £52.99

The only text combining theoretical concepts with practice-driven examples to showcase the latest molecular and genomic techniques and their impact on the study of ecology.



An Introduction to Molecular Ecology combines theoretical concepts with practice-driven examples to showcase the latest molecular and genomic techniques and their impact on the study of ecology.

  • Covers the latest technological and conceptual advances in molecular ecology
  • Detailed case studies and examples explore molecular ecology in practice
  • Quantitative tools panels, paired with data analysis exercises, help students develop essential quantitative skills
  • Essay topics and online Journal Clubs promote critical thinking and bridge the gap between textbook and primary literature

New to this edition

  • New Chapter 4, 'Next generation sequencing', introduces the ongoing revolution within molecular ecology due to the widespread uptake of the still recent 'next generation' DNA sequencing (NGS) technologies
  • A further two new chapters bring together some of the results of the introduction of NGS into molecular ecology; Chapter 12 looks at the sequencing of 'Genomes', whilst Chapter 13 discusses how NGS can be applied in a broader 'Genomics' context
  • A series of online Journal Clubs encourage students to delve into the burgeoning primary research literature

About the Author(s)

Graham Rowe, Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of Derby, Michael Sweet, Lecturer in Invertebrate Biology, University of Derby, and Trevor Beebee, Emeritus Professor (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment), University of Sussex

Table of Contents

    1:Molecular ecology: roots and branches
    2:Molecular biology for ecologists
    3:Molecular tools for molecular ecologists
    4:Next generation sequencing
    5:Species, populations, and individuals
    6:Behavioural ecology
    7:Population genetics
    8:Neutral and adaptive molecular variation
    10:Conservation genetics
    11:Microbial ecology and metagenomics


"The authors of the third edition of this well-established textbook have achieved the near impossible. They encapsulate with clarity and generous illustration the breadth and excitement of contemporary molecular ecology, with substantive updates that now embrace fully the omics era." - Professor Gary R. Carvalho, Bangor University

"This thoroughly revised and updated edition is a major advance for the field of molecular ecology. It rises to the challenge of explaining new developments and technologies with flair and clarity, and does an excellent job of synthesizing and presenting the latest results to a new generation of molecular ecologists. It is a superb teaching tool and one I plan to use when I next teach molecular ecology." - Professor Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University

"This is a great text, providing a comprehensive and detailed explanation of how technological advances in molecular biology are used to answer questions in ecology. Students and faculty alike will find this a wonderful study tool and resource." - Dr Sue Hum-Musser, Western Illinois University

"This book is clear, accessible, and engaging, and is perfectly suited for undergraduates. With new chapters on next generation sequencing and genomics, the third edition is an up-to-date resource for teaching and learning about molecular ecology." - Dr Nusha Keyghobadi, Department of Biology, Western University

Additional Resources

The Online Resource Centre to accompany An Introduction to Molecular Ecology features:
For students:
- Suggested review articles to take your learning further
- Links to useful websites and software
- A range of questions to consolidate your learning and understanding

For registered adopters of the book:
- Journal Club; suggested research papers and discussion questions linked to topics featured in the book
- Figures from the textbook to view and download

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