Special Issue "Genetic Diversity of Domesticated and Natural Fish Populations: Patterns and Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 1944
Interests: freshwater ecology; population (epi-)genetics; ecosystem functioning; host-parasite interactions; evolutionary ecology; habitat fragmentation; conservation biology
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Interests: spatial genetics and genomics; landscape ecology; wildlife conservation; biostatistics
Marine and freshwater fishes display an exceptional diversity and are a major source of protein for many humans worldwide. They also occupy a central place in marine and freshwater trophic chains and are therefore the keystone of many ecosystems. For all these reasons, it is our common duty towards future generations to preserve the long-term integrity of fish populations. Documenting and preserving the genetic diversity of marine and freshwater fish populations is critical for their long-term sustainability. Indeed, genetic diversity ensures the potential for adaptation to environmental changes, including warming, habitat destruction or the spread of pathogens. Preserving fish diversity is important not only for conservation but also for fisheries and aquaculture since natural (or artificial) selection of genetic variants is one of the processes allowing the persistence of exploited populations and the optimization of yields. This Special Issue provides a unique opportunity to synthetize the most recent findings on the genetic diversity of natural, harvested and domesticated fish populations, both in marine and freshwater ecosystems. The goal of this Special Issue is to reveal spatial and temporal patterns of genetic diversity in fish populations, but also to identify the processes that generate these patterns. We are open to a wide range of contributions from the fields of landscape genetics, phylogeography, phylogenetics or macrogenetics, covering landscape- to continental-scale studies, as well as contemporary to geological time scales. Studies focusing on patterns of both neutral and functional genetic diversity through the use of genomic, transcriptomic and/or epigenetic markers are particularity welcome since “-omic” tools now permit routinely and jointly inspecting both aspects of fish genetic diversity. Similarly, studies investigating processes underlying spatiotemporal patterns of fish genetic diversity through advanced statistics or simulations would be relevant contributions to this Special Issue. Beyond these objectives, our aim is to attract studies with strong applied perspectives since genetic diversity is at the heart of many empirical applications such as wildlife conservation, habitat restoration or management of aquaculture and fisheries.
Dr. Simon Blanchet
Dr. Jérôme G Prunier
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- genetic, genomic and epigenetic diversity
- freshwater and marine fish species
- spatiotemporal patterns and processes
- conservation and restoration
- aquaculture and fishery management