Macrogenetic studies must not ignore limitations of genetic markers and scale

Ivan Paz-Vinas, Evelyn L. Jensen, Laura Bertola, Martin F. Breed, Brian K. Hand, Margaret Hunter, Francine Kershaw, Deborah Leigh, Gordon Luikart, J Mergeay , Joshua Miller, Charles van Rees, Gernot Segelbacher, Sean Hoban

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Millette et al. (Ecology Letters, 2020, 23:55-67) reported no consistent worldwide anthropogenic effects on animal genetic diversity using repurposed mitochondrial DNA sequences. We re-examine data from this study, describe genetic marker and scale limitations which might lead to misinterpretations with conservation implications, and provide advice to improve future macrogenetic studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1282-1284
Number of pages3
JournalEcology Letters
Issue number6
Early online date22 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • anthropogenic impacts
  • COI
  • conservation
  • Genbank
  • genetic data archiving
  • genetic diversity patterns
  • macroecology
  • macrogenetics
  • mitochondrial sequences
  • population genetics


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