• Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Adaptation, Evolutionary Applications, Genotype-Phenotype, Molecular Evolution, Phylogeography & Biogeography, Population Genetics / Genomics
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How much does Ne vary among species?
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Further questions on the meaning of effective population size

In spite of its name, the effective population size, Ne, has a complex and often distant relationship to census population size, as we usually understand it. In truth, it is primarily an abstract concept aimed at measuring the amount of genetic drift occurring in a population at any given time. The standard way to model random genetic drift in population genetics is the Wright-Fisher model and, with a few exceptions, definitions of the effective population size stems from it: “*a certain mod...


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