Hypothesis testing in biogeography

Crisp, MD, Trewick, SA and Cook, LG (2011) Hypothesis testing in biogeography. Trends In Ecology & Evolution, 26 2: 66-72. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2010.11.005

Author Crisp, MD
Trewick, SA
Cook, LG
Title Hypothesis testing in biogeography
Journal name Trends In Ecology & Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2011-02
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2010.11.005
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 66
End page 72
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Often, biogeography is applied only as a narrative addition to phylogenetic studies and lacks scientific rigour. However, if research questions are framed as hypotheses, biogeographical scenarios become testable. In this review, we explain some problems with narrative biogeography and show how the use of explicit hypotheses is changing understanding of how organisms came to be distributed as they are. Developing synergies between biogeography, ecology, molecular dating and palaeontology are providing novel data and hypothesis-testing opportunities. New approaches are challenging the classic ‘Gondwana’ paradigm and a more complicated history of the Southern Hemisphere is emerging, involving not only general drivers such as continental drift and niche conservatism, but also drowning and re-emergence of landmasses, biotic turnover and long-distance colonization.
Keyword Long-distance dispersal
New Zealand
Historical biogeography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 10 December 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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