Spatial conservation prioritization of biodiversity spanning the evolutionary continuum

Carvalho, Silvia B., Velo-Anton, Guillermo, Tarroso, Pedro, Portela, Ana Paula, Barata, Mafalda, Carranza, Salvador, Moritz, Craig and Possingham, Hugh P. (2017) Spatial conservation prioritization of biodiversity spanning the evolutionary continuum. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1 6: . doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0151

Author Carvalho, Silvia B.
Velo-Anton, Guillermo
Tarroso, Pedro
Portela, Ana Paula
Barata, Mafalda
Carranza, Salvador
Moritz, Craig
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Spatial conservation prioritization of biodiversity spanning the evolutionary continuum
Journal name Nature Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2397-334X
Publication date 2017-04-28
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/s41559-017-0151
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 1
Issue 6
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
2303 Ecology
Abstract Accounting for evolutionary relationships between and within species is important for biodiversity conservation planning, but is rarely considered in practice. Here we introduce a novel framework to identify priority conservation areas accounting for phylogenetic and intraspecific diversity, integrating concepts from phylogeny, phylogeography, spatial statistics and spatial conservation prioritization. The framework allows planners to incorporate and combine different levels of evolutionary diversity and can be applied to any taxonomic group and to any region in the world. We illustrate our approach using amphibian and reptile species occurring in a biodiversity hotspot region, the Iberian Peninsula. We found that explicitly incorporating phylogenetic and intraspecific diversity in systematic conservation planning provides advantages in terms of maximizing overall biodiversity representation while enhancing its persistence and evolutionary potential. Our results emphasize the need to account for the evolutionary continuum in order to efficiently implement biodiversity conservation planning decisions.
Keyword Phylogenetic Diversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID PTDC/BIABIC/118624/2010
Institutional Status UQ

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