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Macrogenetic studies must not ignore limitations of genetic markers and scale
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  • Ivan Paz-Vinas,
  • Evelyn L Jensen,
  • Laura D Bertola,
  • Martin F Breed,
  • Brian K Hand,
  • Margaret E Hunter,
  • Francine Kershaw,
  • Deborah M Leigh,
  • Gordon Luikart,
  • Joachim Mergeay,
  • Joshua M Miller,
  • Charles B Van Rees,
  • Gernot Segelbacher,
  • Sean Hoban
Ivan Paz-Vinas
Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement, UMR 5245, Université de Toulouse, UPS, CNRS, INP, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Laboratoire Evolution & Diversité Biologique, UMR 5174, Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Toulouse, UPS, CNRS
Author Profile
Evelyn L Jensen
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
Laura D Bertola
City College of New York
Martin F Breed
College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University
Brian K Hand
Flathead Lake Biological Station
Margaret E Hunter
U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Francine Kershaw
Natural Resources Defense Council
Deborah M Leigh
WSL Swiss Federal Research Institute
Gordon Luikart
Flathead Lake Biological Station
Joachim Mergeay
Aquatic Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, KULeuven, Research Institute for Nature and Forest
Joshua M Miller
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Charles B Van Rees
Flathead Lake Biological Station
Gernot Segelbacher
University Freiburg
Sean Hoban
The Morton Arboretum

Abstract

Millette et al. (Ecology Letters, 2020, 23:55-67) reported no consistent worldwide anthropogenic effects on animal genetic diversity using repurposed mitochondrial sequences. We describe limitations to this study, some of which are common to other macrogenetic studies, that may lead to misinterpretations and unintended consequences for conservation.

Peer review status:Published

22 Mar 2021Published in Ecology Letters. 10.1111/ele.13732