Speciation: Natural Processes, Genetics and Biodiversity


Pawel Michalak, PhD (Editor)
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Series: Science, Evolution and Creationism, Genetics – Research and Issues
BISAC: SCI027000

The origin of species, or speciation, the “mystery of mysteries”, as Charles Darwin called it, is an issue at the very heart of evolutionary biology, critical to understanding the mechanisms behind the great diversity of life around us. This book is centered around three major research areas: (1) biodiversity patterns in relation to speciation scenarios; (2) mechanisms that produce pre- and postzygotic reproductive isolation and adaptive divergence; as well as (3) genetics, epigenetics, and genomics of speciation. Being a mishmash of new ideas, reviews, conventional and nonconventional case studies, this collection demonstrates more than anything how research can benefit from integration of traditionally divergent disciplines, such as biogeography, paleontology, taxonomy, molecular genetics, proteomics, and genomics. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )




Table of Contents

Preface pp. i-ix

Chapter 1. Speciation in Diatoms: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Environmental Change
(Joshua T. Cooper and John P. Masly, University of Oklahoma, OK, USA)pp. 1-36

Chapter 2. Sympatric Speciation of Island Plants: The Natural Laboratory of Lord Howe Island
(Alexander S. T. Papadopulos, William J. Baker and Vincent Savolainen, Imperial College London, UK, and others)pp. 37-58

Chapter 3. Speciation of Arabian Gazelles
(Hannes Lerp, Torsten Wronski, Thomas M. Butynski and Martin Plath, Evolutionary Ecology Group, J.W. Goethe–University Frankfurt, Germany, and others)pp. 59-82

Chapter 4. Chromosome Plasticity, Adaptation and Speciation in Malaria Mosquitoes
(Igor V. Sharakhov, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, VA, USA)pp. 83-118

Chapter 5. Transcriptional Differentiation Across the Four Subspecies of Drosophila Mojavensis  (Luciano M. Matzkin and Therese A. Markow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL, USA, and others)pp. 119-136

Chapter 6. Evolution of Male Courtship Songs in the  Drosophila buzzatii  Species Cluster
(Cássia C. Oliveira, Maura H. Manfrin, Fábio de M. Sene and William J. Etges, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA, and others)pp. 137-164

Chapter 7. Prezygotic Isolation in the Parasitoid Wasp Genus Nasonia (Maartje C.W.G. Giesbers, Sylvia Gerritsma, Jan Buellesbach, Wenwen Diao, Bart A. Pannebakker, Louis van de Zande, Thomas Schmitt and Leo W. Beukeboom, Evolutionary Genetics, Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and others)pp. 165-192

Chapter 8. Where to Look for Speciation Genes When Divergence is Driven by Postmating, Prezygotic Isolation
(Jeremy L. Marshall, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA)pp. 193-206

Chapter 9. The Molecular and Evolutionary Basis of Hybrid Sterility: From  Odysseus  to Overdrive (Nitin Phadnis and Harmit S. Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA and others)pp. 207-226

Chapter 10. The Role of Transposable Elements in Speciation
(Eric T. Watson and Jeffery P. Demuth, Department of Biology, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA)pp. 227-250

Chapter 11. Hybrid Incompatibility: Are Cellular Processes the Battlefields of Genomic Conflict?
(Norman A. Johnson, Department of Biology and Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA)pp. 251-260

Index pp. 261-264


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