A road map for molecular ecology

Rose L. Andrew, Louis Bernatchez, Aurélie Bonin, C. Alex Buerkle, Bryan C. Carstens, Brent C. Emerson, Dany Garant, Tatiana Giraud, Nolan C. Kane, Sean M. Rogers, Jon Slate, Harry Smith, Victoria L. Sork, Graham N. Stone, Timothy H. Vines, Lisette Waits, Alex Widmer, Loren H. Rieseberg*

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The discipline of molecular ecology has undergone enormous changes since the journal bearing its name was launched approximately two decades ago. The field has seen great strides in analytical methods development, made groundbreaking discoveries and experienced a revolution in genotyping technology. Here, we provide brief perspectives on the main subdisciplines of molecular ecology, describe key questions and goals, discuss common challenges, predict future research directions and suggest research priorities for the next 20 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2605-2626
Number of pages22
JournalMolecular Ecology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


  • behaviour
  • community phylogeography
  • ecological genomics
  • hybridization
  • landscape genomics
  • microbial diversity
  • molecular adaptation
  • phylogeography
  • speciation
  • trophic ecology


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