Phylogeography: spanning the ecology-evolution continuum

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Katharine Ann Marske, Carsten Rahbek, David Bravo Nogues

Synthesis
of ecological and evolutionary concepts and tools has led to improved understanding of how diversification, dispersal,
community assembly, long-term coexistence and extinction shape patterns of biological diversity. Phylogeography,
with its focus on Quaternary interactions within and between populations, can help elucidate the processes acting between
the evolutionary time-scales on which species arise and the ecological time-scales on which members of an assemblage interact with each other and their environment. Still, it has yet to be widely incorporated in that synthesis. Here, we highlight
three areas where integration of phylogeography with ecological and evolutionary approaches can provide new insights into
key questions. First, phylogeography can help clarify the roles of isolation, niche conservatism and environmental stability
in generating patterns of alpha- and beta-diversity. Second, phylogeography can help isolate the effects of Quaternary
dispersal limitation from other factors driving community assembly and spatial turnover. Third, phylogeography can help
identify key processes leading to and resulting from extinction events, including the population dynamics of species range
reduction and its effects on the strength and temporal flexibility of networks of species interactions. We conclude with an
outlook on the data-gathering protocols necessary for this collaborative, interdisciplinary research agenda.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcography
Volume36
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1169-1181
Number of pages13
ISSN0906-7590
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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