Developments in the prediction of effective population size

Heredity (Edinb). 1994 Dec;73 ( Pt 6):657-79. doi: 10.1038/hdy.1994.174.


Effective population size is a key parameter in evolutionary and quantitative genetics because it measures the rate of genetic drift and inbreeding. Predictive equations of effective size under a range of circumstances and some of their implications are reviewed in this paper. Derivations are made for the simplest cases, and inter-relations between different formulae and methods are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Male
  • Models, Genetic*