Assignment methods: matching biological questions techniques with appropriate

S Manel, OE Gaggiotti, RS Waples*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

557 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Assignment methods, which use genetic information to ascertain population membership of individuals or groups of individuals, have been used in recent years to study a wide range of evolutionary and ecological processes. In applied studies, the first step of articulating the biological question(s) to be addressed should be followed by selection of the method(s) best suited for the analysis. However, this first step often receives less attention than it should, and the recent proliferation of assignment methods has made the selection step challenging. Here, we review assignment methods and discuss how to match the appropriate methods with the underlying biological questions for several common problems in ecology and conservation (assessing population structure; measuring dispersal and hybridization; and forensics and mixture analysis). We also identify several topics for future research that should ensure that this field remains dynamic and productive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

Keywords

  • ADMIXTURE PROPORTIONS
  • MICROSATELLITE ANALYSIS
  • NATURAL-POPULATIONS
  • GENETIC DATA
  • MULTILOCUS GENOTYPE DATA
  • POPULATION-STRUCTURE
  • SALMON
  • SEX-BIASED DISPERSAL
  • INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT
  • COMPUTER-PROGRAM

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Assignment methods: matching biological questions techniques with appropriate'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this