Hybrid speciation project – I

Our first paper on hybrid speciation is now published in Ecology and Evolution. (Find it HERE). In this one we simulate evolution within a population of hybridizing parental species and monitor how selection on different types of loci affect the probability that the hybridizing population evolves reproductive isolation from both parents species.

Long story short – selection favoring admixture can promote the evolution of reproductive isolation in admixed populations, but selection against admixture drastically reduces the probability of hybrid speciation (at least through the mechanism simulated in this paper).

For related papers see this one by Buerkle et al., this one by Schumer et al., and this one by Blanckaert and Bank.

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