Adaptive divergence despite strong genetic drift: genomic analysis of the evolutionary mechanisms causing genetic differentiation in the island fox (Urocyon littoralis)

  title={Adaptive divergence despite strong genetic drift: genomic analysis of the evolutionary mechanisms causing genetic differentiation in the island fox (Urocyon littoralis)},
  author={W. Funk and R. Lovich and Paul A Hohenlohe and Courtney A. Hofman and S. Morrison and T. S. Sillett and C. Ghalambor and J. Maldonado and T. Rick and M. Day and N. Polato and S. Fitzpatrick and T. Coonan and K. Crooks and Adam Dillon and D. Garcelon and Julie L. King and Christina L. Boser and N. Gould and W. F. Andelt},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  • W. Funk, R. Lovich, +17 authors W. F. Andelt
  • Published 2016
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular Ecology
  • The evolutionary mechanisms generating the tremendous biodiversity of islands have long fascinated evolutionary biologists. Genetic drift and divergent selection are predicted to be strong on islands and both could drive population divergence and speciation. Alternatively, strong genetic drift may preclude adaptation. We conducted a genomic analysis to test the roles of genetic drift and divergent selection in causing genetic differentiation among populations of the island fox (Urocyon… CONTINUE READING
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