Estimates of gene correlations among individuals within and among populations are frequently derived from statistical analyses of genetic data (e.g., F statistics). These measures can be important tools in molecular ecology and conservation, and offer important insights into population breeding structure. Using recently derived theory developed for group-structured populations, we show that fixation indices, when combined with basic population ecological and demographic data can be used to investigate population mating systems and to predict dispersal rates, trajectories and asymptotic levels of fixation indices, and effective population size. Four case studies of poikilothermic vertebrates are used to demonstrate the broad utility of evolutionary and ecological inferences afforded by group-structured models.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Heredity|
|State||Published - Jun 21 2001|