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Some recent publications by subject (full list see here)


Genomic islands of differentiation in a multiple-population context
Vijay N, Bossu CM, Poelstra JW, Weissensteiner MH, Suh A, Kryukov AP, Wolf JBW (2016) Evolution of heterogenous genome differentiation across multiple contact zones in a crow species complex. Nat Commun, 7: 13195.

Interaction of socially transmitted hunting practice and population divergenc
Foote A, Vijay N, Avila-Arcos M et al. (2016) Genome-culture coevolution promotes rapid divergence of killer whale ecotypes. Nat Commun, 7: 11693.

A comprehensive speciation genomic study in European crows
Poelstra JW, Vijay N, Bossu C et al. (2014) The genomic landscape underlying phenotypic integrity in the face of gene flow in crows. Science, 344: 1410-1414. 

Pervasive isolation-by-ecology pattern is consistent with ecologcial speciation theory
Shafer A, Wolf JBW (2013) Widespread evidence for incipient ecological speciation: a meta-analysis of isolation-by-ecology. Ecol Lett, 16: 940-950. 

The genomic landscape of speciation: an avian example
Ellegren H, Smeds L, Burri R et al. (2012) The genomic landscape of species divergence in Ficedula flycatchers. Nature491: 756-760.


On the difficult decision of choosing the right configuration of your mating locus 
Nieuwenhuis BPS, Tusso S et al. (2018) Repeated evolution of self-compatibility for reproductive assurance. Nature Communications, 9:1639.

Divergent selection may be a necessary, but is not a sufficient condition for population divergence
von Rönn JAC, Shafer ABA, Wolf JBW (2016) Disruptive selection without genome-wide evolution across a migratory divide. Mol Ecol, 25, 2529–2541.

Is sexual size dimorphism primarily driven by sexual selection or ecology?
Krüger O, Wolf JBW, Jonker RM, Hoffman JI, Trillmich F (2014) Disentangling the contribution of sexual selection and ecology to the evolution of size dimorphism in pinnipeds. Evolution68, 1485–1496.

Single-locus MHC divergence, not inbreeding strongly influences fitness and mating
Lenz TL, Müller B, Trillmich F, Wolf JBW (2013) Divergent allele advantage at MHC-DRB through direct and maternal genotypic effects and its consequences on allele pool composition and mating. Proc R Soc Lond B, 280, 20130714.


The dark matter of the genome may matter
Weissensteiner MH, Pang AWC, Bunikis I, Höjer I, Vinnere-Petterson O, Suh A, Wolf JBW (2017) Combination of short-read, long-read, and optical mapping assemblies reveals large-scale tandem repeat arrays with population genetic implications. Genome Research, 27: 697–708.

What do whales, walrus and manatee have in common?
Foote AD, Liu Y, Thomas GWC et al. (2015) Convergent evolution of the genomes of marine mammals. Nat Genet, 47: 272-275.

Gene expression and the mitochondrial paradox
Benoit Nabholz, Hans Ellegren, JBW Wolf (2013) High levels of gene expression explain the strong evolutionary constraint of mitochondrial protein-coding genes. Mol Biol Evol, 30: 272-284. 


To what extent do bioinformatic pipelines bias biological reality?
Shafer ABA, Peart CR, Tusso S, Maayan I, Brelsford A, Wheat CW, Wolf JBW (2017) Bioinformatic processing of RAD-seq data dramatically impacts downstream population genetic inference. Methods Ecol Evol, 16: 940–950.

GBS goes ABC
Shafer ABA, Gattepaille LM, Stewart REA, Wolf JBW (2015) Demographic inferences using short-read genomic data in an approximate Bayesian computation framework: in silico evaluation of power, biases and proof of concept in Atlantic walrus. Mol Ecol, 24, 328–345.

Exploring properties of dN/dS from a theoretical angle
Mugal CF, Wolf JBW, Kaj I (2014) Why time matters: codon evolution and the temporal dynamics of dN/dS. Mol Biol Evol, 31: 212-231.


Study design and interpretation of speciation genomic studies
Wolf JBW & Ellegren H (2016) Making sense of genomic islands of differentiation in light of speciation. Nat Rev Genet, 18, 87-100.

What may happen if we join genomics with tracking technology?
Shafer ABA, Northrup JM, Wikelski M, Wittemyer G, Wolf JBW (2016) Forecasting Ecological Genomics: High-Tech Animal Instrumentation Meets High-Throughput Sequencing. PLoS Biol, 14, e1002350.

Insight from Wik slott near Uppsala - thank you all for a nice workshop
Shafer ABA, Wolf JBW, Alves PC et al. (2015) Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practice. Trends Ecol Evol, 30, 78–87.