Molecular ecology is a branch of biology that uses techniques and knowledge from several specific fields, all relating to genetics, to study ecology and how genetics and species development are influenced by ecological factors. The focus for these studies is generally regarded as being on field studies rather than pure laboratory research. Molecular ecologists study the development of and genetic relationships between species and how environmental factors can influence them. They also use the data they acquire through the study of genetics to quantify the evolutionary history of species and species differentiation.
Field research is emphasized in molecular ecology for a number of reasons. Primary among these is that molecular ecology itself revolves around the way genetics and species development are affected by ecological and environmental factors. Another a major consideration is that many subjects, particularly microorganisms, are not readily available for laboratory culture and study. Of course, molecular ecology is not purely a field discipline, and much work is done in the laboratory as well, but like the science of archaeology, much important work is, and will continue to be, done in the field.
Journals related to Evolutionary genomics
Journal of Phylogenetics & Evolutionary Biology, International Journal of Evolution, International Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation, Genome Biology and Evolution, Journal of Systematics and Evolution, Handbook of Differential Equations: Evolutionary Equations, Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution, Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Ethology Ecology and Evolution