Integration of Spatial and Ecological Data in Evolutionary Studies
Struwe, Lena .
Integration of spatial and ecological data in evolutionary studies.
Speciation, distribution and environments are strongly intertwined in the evolutionary history of organisms, but few studies have so far integrated data from all of these areas to understand the origin of biodiversity and phenotypic variation. Vicariance biogeography has traditionally focused on distribution and evolution, but not on ecological niches or integration of environmental data such as geology, climate, and soils. New tools in the last ten years including molecular systematics, software programs, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), for the first time make it possible for researchers to use raw data from these fields to get a more comprehensive analysis of evolution of species and larger lineages. This symposium will showcase new interdisciplinary methods and studies utilizing such environmental-spatial data in a phylogenetic context to answer questions in character evolution, speciation and extinction, response to climate change, distribution, and long-time and large-scale niche patterns within evolutionary lineages.
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1 - Rutgers University, Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources, 14 College Farm Rd, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: Stevens 2/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM