The 2018 Molecular Ecology prize has been awarded to Robin Waples for his work on conservation biology and management, particularly as the leading expert on approaches for using molecular markers to estimate and understand effective population size in natural populations, including subdivided and continuously distributed populations, and use of time series analyses. His studies of populations with overlapping generations have illuminated the evolution of life-history changes in species that are harvested by humans, and made important contributions to understanding fisheries populations. By adapting population genetic models to real-life situations, including structured populations with gene flow, and developing statistically rigorous analyses, his contributions have significantly advanced both conservation and evolutionary ecology.
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