Special Issue "Genomic Analyses of Avian Evolution"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Interests: higher level avian phylogeny; phylogenomics; paleontology
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Birds have been the focus of pioneering studies of evolutionary biology for generations, largely because they are abundant, diverse, conspicuous, and charismatic. It is little surprise then that this tradition has positioned birds at the forefront of evolutionary biology in the generation of genomics. Ongoing extensively collaborative programs to sequence whole genomes or a variety of pan-genomic markers of all 10,000 species of living birds further promise to keep birds in the limelight in the near and indefinite future. Such comprehensive taxon sampling provides untold opportunities for comparative studies in well documented phenotypic, adaptive, ecological, behavioral, and demographic contexts, while elucidating differing characteristics of evolutionary processes across the genome and among lineages. This comparative approach is leveraged by coordination and standardization of data pipelines, as well as by encyclopedic knowledge of the natural history of closely-related birds that differ little except with respect to singular traits. Indeed, genomics is a natural extension of many studies of population genetics and speciation that have been ongoing for decades.
This Special Issue of Diversity, “Genomic Analyses of Avian Evolution”, will feature a broad spectrum of original research articles reflecting comprehensive taxonomic sampling projects, the genomic basis and evolution of specific adaptive traits, genome structural variation among lineages, and phylogenetic signal of pan-genomic markers in novel contexts to address potential incomplete lineage sorting. Genomic studies of avian phylogeography and of extinct birds are also anticipated. Committed authors include both icons and up-and-coming mavericks, representing the efforts of both extensive collaborations and independent laboratories. We openly invite further submissions for what will be a prominent thematic compendium of cutting-edge genomic approaches to the evolutionary biology of birds and of genome evolution within birds.
Prof. Peter Houde
Prof. Dr. Michael Wink
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- avian genomes
- genetics of adaptive traits