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Conserving an urban toad

Read our final Editor's Choice article of the year by Neal et al.

Current issue has 3 EECG-awardee articles

Journal of Heredity issue 111-4 includes articles on their EECG-funded research by Daniel Portik (2015), Nicholas Kooyers (2017), and Rebekah Oomen (2019).

Migratory secrets of recovering whale species

Read the open access article by Carroll et al. at JHered

The editorial board announces a new article category, Genome Resources

For manuscripts that describe genome assembly resources of practical value to the broader scientific community

Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to source

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New blog post: Will the South China tiger make its way back to the wild again?

Dr. Caitlin Curry explains Zhang et al.'s recent JHered Editor's Choice article on the AGA blog

New blog post: Where do wood frogs go when there’s no wood?

University of Alabama at Birmingham's Elise Keister explains Dr. Jared Homola et al.’s recent Journal of Heredity paper on the AGA blog

New blog post: The dichotomy in the diversity of vertebrate sex chromosome systems

AGA EECG award and Stephen J. O'Brien Award winner Dr. Will Gammerdinger explains the dichotomy in the diversity of vertebrate sex chromosome systems.

New blog post: Pelagic to coastal: the expansion of bottlenose dolphins

Learn about Milaja Nykänen et al.'s Journal of Heredity study on postglacial colonization of northern coastal habitat by bottlenose dolphins in the latest AGA blog post by Raven Edwards, University of Alabama at Birmingham M.S. student

New blog post: Well-behaved cicadas, messy symbionts: an audio story about cicada mitochondrial genomes

Listen to our latest blog post, an audio story about Dr. Piotr Lukasik et al.’s research on cicada mitochondrial genomes and cicadas’ symbionts!

New blog post: In a naturally-replicated experiment, cacti and flies stick together

Learn about the fascinating world of cactus-loving Drosophila species, which was the topic of Journal of Heredity's special issue in January!

We have a blog!

Check out our new blog—the first post is in celebration of Darwin Day.

New special issue now online with free access introduction!

This special issue incorporates genomic data to update our knowledge of the cactophilic Drosophila model system, and contains papers from an international meeting held in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, February 2018. Therese Ann Markow, Guest Editor.

OUP Blog on Giant Galapagos Tortoises

Hot off the press!
And all three articles by these authors in JHered 109-6 are freely available for the next 3 weeks!

Humans are Sumatran rhinos biggest threat -- and last hope

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photo by Dave Jenike, Cincinnati Zoo

Pangolin Phylogeny Helps Save Them from Extinction

Read the JHered article by Gaubert et al. for free:


This collection arose from an AGA-sponsored workshop held at Arizona State University. Melissa Wilson Sayres, Guest Editor.

Invasive Lionfish May Be Superfish Hybrids

Read the JHered article by Wilcox, Motomura, Matsunuma, and Bowen here:

Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution

Bill Murphy, our EIC, is one of the authors of this fascinating article in Science Advances. Also an author on the snow leopard article that features on our most recent cover. Interested in wildlife hybridization studies? JHered has heaps!…

Planning this Fall's Genetics / Genomics / Evolution course?

Check out our free reviews and perspectives!

AGA members receive 20% off OUP academic titles

Mark Kirkpatrick, the 2015 AGA Distinguished Key Lecturer, has coauthored the new edition of Evolution. This is one of the many textbooks and other academic titles available at a discount to AGA members. Join today!


Call for Papers for Journal of Heredity!

1. Next Generation Phylogeography & Phylogenomics
2. Genome Mapping and Genome Evolution in Non-Model Organism
3. Bioinformatics


How many angelfish dance in the sea?

FREE from Journal of Heredity: DiBattista et al. 2016 found discordance between genetic divergence and color-based taxonomy in the pygmy angelfish Centropyge flavissima complex. In a Letter in the current JHered issue, Delrieu-Trottin et al. offer another take on the number of distinct species in this complex. In response, DiBattista et al. argue their position on the 'devilish taxonomy' of these angels.

Genetics show that the Florida kingsnake is really 3 species

Read the JHered article by Krysko et al. FOR FREE

New Journal of Heredity Website

We are very pleased that OUP has completely modernized our Journal of Heredity website. However, there are inevitably a few glitches - in our case, some articles did not come across from the old website, particularly from 2014 and 2015. If you are searching for an article that has disappeared, please contact Anjanette Baker, Managing Editor, agajoh(at), and I will send you the PDF.



This issue includes research and review articles from President Katie Peichel's 2015 AGA Symposium, 'Chromosome Evolution: Molecular Mechanisms & Evolutionary Consequences'


Researchers chart advances in marine mammal genetic sequencing

Online news outlet highlights our Invited Review by Cammen et al. Read it for free:

Are Mendel’s Data Reliable?

On this sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of Mendel's seminal work, our Council member (and pea geneticist) Norm Weeden examines the veracity of his data in this Perspective. FREE ONLINE ACCESS

Nocturnal, flightless, endangered 'owl parrot'

A new JHered study has found European colonisation in New Zealand is to blame for a decline in kākāpō numbers.
photo credit Andrew Digby, NZ Dept of Conservation

We welcome new Associate Editors

Dr Kimberly R Andrews and Dr Floyd A Reed (USA), Prof Xuhua Xia (Canada) and Dr Shu-Jin Luo (China) have recently joined our Editorial Board.

FREE Perspective article on the new Lagomorph Genomics Consortium

Latest issue of the Journal now online, including our latest Genome Consortium white paper

The 3 domains of conservation genetics

Boldly visualized by Brian Bowen with an Orlog metaphor, wherein the actions of the past and present influence future outcomes. FREE online

Two FREE ACCESS feline articles in this issue


OPEN ACCESS Perspective article

OPEN ACCESS Perspective article on black-footed ferret cloning by our AE and AGA Council member Oliver Ryder and others.

Finding the 'conservación' in conservation genetics

Read the Special Issue now! Freely available at

Rare white whale sighted

For the first time, The Australian white whale Migaloo has been seen in NZ waters. Migaloo has a tyrosinase gene mutation, as described in Journal of Heredity here:
This article is freely available to read and download.

Southeast Alaska wolves — Subspecies or not?

Further debate from experts on wolves in Southeastern Alaska and Mexico. TODAY in Journal of Heredity

Penguins come together

Why are previously isolated little blue penguin colonies now mixing it up?

Editor's Choice Free Access

In this issue: Problems and Cautions With Sequence Mismatch Analysis and Bayesian Skyline Plots to Infer Historical Demography. Invited Review from Stewart Grant. Coupling population history with climate change is essential for constructing evolutionary and biogeographic scenarios that illuminate the mechanisms shaping species’ diversity.

But molecular clocks calibrated with phylogenetic divergences can overestimate the timings of population-level events. Overestimates disconnect historical population reconstructions from climatic history and confound our understanding of the factors influencing genetic variability.

War Elephant Myths Debunked by DNA

And read the freely available article in the latest issue of Journal of Heredity.

How many types of tigers are there?

The newly published article by international authors including our Review Editor, Steve O'Brien, is freely available to read and download from Journal of Heredity.

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Variable Signatures of Selection Despite Conserved Recombination Landscapes Early in Speciation
Sheela P Turbek et al.


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The Editorial Board announces a new article category, Genome Resources, for manuscripts that describe genome assembly resources of practical value to the broader scientific community


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