Population Genomics of Speciation and Admixture

  • Nicola J. NadeauEmail author
  • Takeshi Kawakami
Part of the Population Genomics book series (POGE)


The application of population genomics to the understanding of speciation has led to the emerging field of speciation genomics. This has brought new insight into how divergence builds up within the genome during speciation and is also revealing the extent to which species can continue to exchange genetic material despite reproductive barriers. It is also providing powerful new approaches for linking genotype to phenotype in admixed populations. In this chapter, we give an overview of some of the methods that have been used and some of the novel insights gained. We also outline some of the pitfalls of the most commonly used methods and possible problems with interpretation of the results.


Admixture Divergence Hybrid zone Hybridisation Introgression Population genomics Speciation 



We would like to thank Marius Roesti and Roger Butlin for their helpful comments on this chapter.


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  1. 1.Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC)Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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