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A guide to phylogenetic metrics for conservation, community ecology and macroecology [Biological Reviews]

Keywords : biodiversity hotspots, biogeography, community assembly, conservation, diversity metrics, evolutionary history, phylogenetic diversity, prioritization, range size

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

The use of phylogenies in ecology is increasingly common and has broadened our understanding of biological diversity. Ecological sub-disciplines, particularly conservation, community ecology and macroecology, all recognize the value of evolutionary relationships but the resulting development of phylogenetic approaches has led to a proliferation of phylogenetic diversity metrics. The use of many metrics across the sub-disciplines hampers potential meta-analyses, syntheses, and generalizations of existing results. Further, there is no guide for selecting the appropriate metric for a given question, and different metrics are frequently used to address similar questions. To improve the choice, application, and interpretation of phylo-diversity metrics, we organize existing metrics by expanding on a unifying framework for phylogenetic information.(...)

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