Simulation Modeling in Landscape Genetics

Erin Landguth, Samuel A. Cushman, Niko Balkenhol

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This chapter introduces the general concepts and definitions related to simulation modeling and explains its potential for scientific research. It focuses specifically on the current utility and future potential of simulation modeling in landscape genetics. For this, the chapter explains vital differences between landscape genetic simulations and population genetic simulations, and highlights simulation studies that have used landscape genetic simulations to evaluate analytical approaches, develop landscape genetic theory, or enhance the interpretation of empirical findings. It presents an overview of available landscape genetic simulation software, and provides basic guidelines for conducting simulation studies. The chapter further identifies future research avenues related to landscape genetic simulation modeling. It illustrates that simulation modeling has contributed to landscape genetics and increased consideration can advance future developments in the field. Future models in landscape genetics will also include different modes of natural and sexual selection, interactions among multiple species, seasonal variation, and overlapping generations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandscape Genetics
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methods, Applications
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118525258
ISBN (Print)9781118525289
StatePublished - Sep 4 2015


  • Landscape genetic simulation modeling
  • Landscape genetic theory
  • Population genetic simulations
  • Scientific research


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