Synthesis, Perspective, Commentary: A call to all authors!

Biogeography is a rapidly moving research area that intersects with many other scientific disciplines and contemporary environmental issues. Moreover, the biogeographic literature is diverse, scattered across disciplinary journals and continually expanding. Making sense of this ever-changing landscape of scientific discourse is challenging, but can be greatly facilitated by accessible and readable synthesis and discussion articles.Continue reading “Synthesis, Perspective, Commentary: A call to all authors!”

Different paths of success in the sea – what we can learn from seaweeds

Closely related clades of brown marine seaweeds display different patterns of geographical distributions and diversifications. Above: Meadow of the brown seaweed Lobophora in the Canary Islands. Photograph by Jan Ranson In studying the factors and processes structuring marine biodiversity and distribution patterns, an unconscious (perhaps inevitable) bias towards animals vs. seaweeds is often reflected inContinue reading “Different paths of success in the sea – what we can learn from seaweeds”

Speciation research in Bombina: a 40 years story

Hybrid zones can be abrupt and leaky Above: From the cover: Fire‐bellied toad (Bombina bombina) from southern Poland, where they form a famous hybrid zone with their sister species the yellow‐bellied toad (Bombina variegata). Photo credit: Christophe Dufresnes. I was not even born when Jacek Szymura and Nick Barton initiated their pioneering research on theContinue reading “Speciation research in Bombina: a 40 years story”

Mariana M. Vasconcellos on diversification and phylogenetic relationships of pajama frogs

Mariana Vasconcellos is a postdoc at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She is interested in the environmental correlates of diversification and climatic adaptation, with a large focus on amphibians and reptiles. Mariana shares her recent work on unravelling the drivers of diversification in South America’s pajama frog group, revealing some surprising phylogenetic relationshipsContinue reading “Mariana M. Vasconcellos on diversification and phylogenetic relationships of pajama frogs”

ECR feature: Axel Arango on diversity of the Seasonally Dry Forests in the Neotropics

Axel Arango is a PhD student at the Instituto de Ecología A.C. (INECOL) – Mexico. He is a macroecologist interested in untangling the patterns and processes shaping biodiversity worldwide. Here, Axel shares his work on the biodiversity patterns of the Neotropical Seasonally Dry Forests. Axel Arango presenting his poster during the International Biogeography Society’s HumboldtContinue reading “ECR feature: Axel Arango on diversity of the Seasonally Dry Forests in the Neotropics”

ECR Feature: Audrey M. Prasetya on environmental correlates of carotenoid plumage colouration in birds

Audrey Miranda Prasetya is a PhD student at the Australian National University. She is a biogeographer interested in studying the evolutionary history of birds. Audrey shares her recent work on environmental factors that potentially drive the distribution of carotenoid-based plumage colouration in Australian passerine birds. Presenting my honours research at the International Conference for UndergraduateContinue reading “ECR Feature: Audrey M. Prasetya on environmental correlates of carotenoid plumage colouration in birds”

ECR Feature: Evan Whiting on species richness in snakes and lizards

Evan Whiting is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. He is a herpetologist interested in understanding the diversification and biogeography of reptiles. Evan shares his recent work on latitudinal and environmental clines (or lack thereof) across and within different snake and lizard clades in continental North America. Evan Whiting enjoying a hike inContinue reading “ECR Feature: Evan Whiting on species richness in snakes and lizards”

ECR feature: Victor Noguerales on spatio-temporal dynamics shaping genetic variation

Victor Noguerales is a postdoc at the Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología in the Canary Islands – Spain. He is a phylogeographer interested in elucidating the mechanisms generating biological diversity, from populations to communities. Here, Victor shares his work on spatial hypotheses testing the processes promoting the genetic structure in a halophilic grasshopper. VíctorContinue reading “ECR feature: Victor Noguerales on spatio-temporal dynamics shaping genetic variation”

ECR feature: Juan David González-Trujillo on processes shaping beta diversity

Juan David is a postdoc at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Spain. He is an ecologist interested in explaining how historical events shape current biodiversity patterns. Here, JD shares his recent research on how past and current processes impact beta diversity in Neotropical streams. Juan David González-Trujillo is a postdoc researcher at theContinue reading “ECR feature: Juan David González-Trujillo on processes shaping beta diversity”

Moving beyond species richness: Ecorichness

A new species-based metric for island biogeography Above: The response of the new metric ‘ecorichness’ to island area for terrestrial isopods of central Aegean islands. Size of dots is proportional to the number of habitats of each island. Habitat diversity, as an estimate of environmental heterogeneity, has been considered among the main factors shaping patternsContinue reading “Moving beyond species richness: Ecorichness”