Special Issue "Evolutionary Genetics of Reptiles and Amphibians"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019
Despite being divided into two distinct taxonomic classes of vertebrates, amphibians and reptiles have been classically lumped together under the science of Herpetology due to their creeping and crawling movements. Indeed, both groups are fundamentally different regarding their general biology and environmental demands. Still, amphibian and reptile research has been integrated by the herpetological community in a very successful way, in which scientists often work in parallel on amphibian and reptile systems to address major scientific questions. During the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Canada, we organised a symposium entitled “Speciation in amphibians and reptiles: from patterns to processes and mechanisms” to bring together leading herpetologists and integrate their research on crucial evolutionary topics. Since then, especially the field of Genomics has undergone a rapid expansion. With this Special Issue, we aim to summarize research on the evolutionary genetics of amphibians and reptiles. We invite studies that use genetic and genomic approaches to unravel basic questions of evolutionary biology on different taxonomic levels of amphibians and reptiles. Therefore, we invite submissions on speciation research, local adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, and also conservation-related issues, such as infectious diseases based in a detailed genetic or genomic framework. Manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue are guaranteed to have a quick and fair review process. Potential topics for the Special Issue include, but are not limited to:
- Evolutionary systematics
- Patterns and mechanisms of speciation
- Local adaptation
- Phenotypic plasticity and epigenetics
- Gene expression
- Genetics of emerging infectious diseases
- Diversity and genetics of microbiota
We aim to reward the best paper published in the Special Issue with a publication fee waiver. Authors that would like to participate for this option should submit the following pre-submission material to one of the Guest Editors before 1 January 2019: a cover letter reasoning why their study is outstanding, an abstract, and a conceptual and methodological outline (not longer than one page) of the manuscript that will be submitted.
Dr. Sebastian Steinfartz
Prof. Dr. Jonathon Marshall
Dr. Katharina Wollenberg Valero
Manuscript Submission Information
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- evolutionary genetics and genomics
- infectious diseases