Overcoming the issue of small sample sizes in fragmentation genetics.

Struebig, M.J. and LE Comber, S.C. and Rossiter, S.J. (2012) Overcoming the issue of small sample sizes in fragmentation genetics. Molecular Ecology, 21 (12). pp. 2850-2851. ISSN 0962-1083; Online ISSN:1365-294X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Nazareno & Jump (2012) highlight potential issues with using small sample sizes in population genetic studies. By reanalysing allelic richness data from our recent publication on habitat fragmentation (Struebig et al. 2011), they assert that the observed relationship has been driven by three sites with the lowest number of individuals sampled. While sample size issues have been raised before in the genetic literature, Nazareno & Jump's (2012) comment serves as a useful reminder to us all. Nevertheless, we disagree that our findings were significantly biased by sampling limitations. Here, we demonstrate by jackknifing that, contrary to the claims of Nazareno & Jump (2012), our correlations of allelic richness and fragment area are not driven solely by sites with low sample sizes. We maintain that small sample sizes can be accounted for in fragmentation studies and that sampling limitations should not detract from undertaking conservation genetic research.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: Y1 - 2012/06// [EPrints field already has value set] M3 - 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05610.x [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Mol Ecol [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: allelic richness, conservation, genetic diversity, population genetics, rarefaction, sampling
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Matthew Struebig
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 10:58
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2013 15:44
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31172 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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