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Avian Genomics in Ecology and Evolution

From the Lab into the Wild

  • Robert H. S. Kraus
  • Offers readers essential insights into how avian genomics has revolutionised avian ecology and evolutionary research

  • Reviews the history and development of genomics technology using the example of the dynamic research field of ornithology

  • Combines a broad range of topics from history and discussions about model vs. non-model species genomics with structural information about genomes as well as applications in phylogeny, population genomics and conservation

  • Explains the avian species concept in terms of genomics, speciation and hybridization


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Joana Damas, Rebecca E. O’Connor, Darren K. Griffin, Denis M. Larkin
    Pages 69-92
  3. Matthias H. Weissensteiner, Alexander Suh
    Pages 93-150
  4. Jente Ottenburghs
    Pages 211-235
  5. Jente Ottenburghs, Philip Lavretsky, Jeffrey L. Peters, Takeshi Kawakami, Robert H. S. Kraus
    Pages 237-265
  6. Arild Husby, S. Eryn McFarlane, Anna Qvarnström
    Pages 267-293
  7. Loren Cassin-Sackett, Andreanna J. Welch, Madhvi X. Venkatraman, Taylor E. Callicrate, Robert C. Fleischer
    Pages 295-330
  8. Darren K. Griffin, Denis M. Larkin, Rebecca E. O’Connor
    Pages 331-348

About this book


Birds catch the public imagination like no other group of animals; in addition, birders are perhaps the largest non-professional naturalist community. Genomics and associated bioinformatics have revolutionised daily life in just a few decades. At the same time, this development has facilitated the application of genomics technology to ecological and evolutionary studies, including biodiversity and conservation at all levels. 

This book reveals how the exciting toolbox of genomics offers new opportunities in all areas of avian biology. It presents contributions from prominent experts at the intersection of avian biology and genomics, and offers an ideal introduction to the world of genomics for students, biologists and bird enthusiasts alike. The book begins with a historical perspective on how genomic technology was adopted by bird ecology and evolution research groups. This led, as the book explains, to a revised understanding of avian evolution, with exciting consequences for biodiversity research as a whole. Lastly, these impacts are illustrated using seminal examples and the latest discoveries from avian biology laboratories around the world.


Bird genomics Avian chromosomal evolution B10K project Avian chromosomal evolution avian biology bird conservation population genetics bird ecology bird evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert H. S. Kraus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Migration and Immuno-Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany and Department of BiologyUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

About the editors

Robert Kraus is an Assistant Professor affiliated with both the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology and Konstanz University in Germany. After graduating in Biology from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, he completed a PhD in genome-wide genetic marker discovery and population genetics in mallard ducks at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. After a brief sojourn in applied nature conservation genetics at the Senckenberg Institute he returned to the study of the molecular ecology of ducks and other waterfowl in his current position, especially with a disease ecology focus and emphasizing functional variation across whole genomes. Dr Kraus is an active contributor to the international bird ten thousand genomes (B10K) consortium, where he leads the immunome working group, and works with the Vertebrate Genome Project in the Genome 10K (VGP/G10K) framework, which is setting new standards in the reference genome assembly of non-model species for comparative genomics using cutting-edge genome sequencing technology. 

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