Rafael Maia

Federal University of Campina Grande

Dr. Rafael Trindade Maia studied Biological Sciences at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Brazil. He received a master´s degree in Genetics, Conservation, and Evolutionary Biology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research, Brazil, in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Animal Biology from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, in 2013. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Center for the Sustainable Development for Semiarid (CDSA), Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), Brazil. He has experience with population genetics, bioinformatics, molecular docking, and modeling and molecular dynamics of proteins. He works in ​​science and biology education. Dr. Maia also leads the Computational and Theoretical Biology (CTB) and Education in Sciences and Biology (ESB) research groups.

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Population genetics is a theoretical field of biology that studies allelic and genetic frequencies in living organisms, thus allowing us to infer what evolutionary processes are acting on individuals over generations and predict the adaptive consequences of these changes in the gene pool. Knowing the structure and genetic diversity of populations is essential for a proper understanding of the evolution, speciation processes, and dynamics of living beings. This knowledge is extremely useful for some practical applications, such as species management and conservation strategies, vector and pathogen monitoring and control, plant and animal breeding, and genetic improvement. This book includes carefully selected works in population genetics reviewed by geneticists.

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