Unifying macroecology and macroevolution to answer fundamental questions about biodiversity

Brian J. McGill, Jonathan M. Chase, Joaquín Hortal, Isaac Overcast, Andrew J. Rominger, James Rosindell, Paulo A. V. Borges, Brent C. Emerson, Rampal Etienne, Michael J. Hickerson, D. Luke Mahler, Francois Massol, Angela McGaughran, Pedro Neves, Christine Parent, Jairo Patiño, Megan Ruffley, Catherine E. Wagner, Rosemary Gillespie

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Abstract

The study of biodiversity started as a single unified field that spanned both ecology and evolution and both macro and micro phenomena. But over the 20th century, major trends drove ecology and evolution apart and pushed an emphasis towards the micro perspective in both disciplines. Macroecology and macroevolution re‐emerged as self‐consciously distinct fields in the 1970s and 1980s, but they remain largely separated from each other. Here, we argue that despite the challenges, it is worth working to combine macroecology and macroevolution. We present 25 fundamental questions about biodiversity that are answerable only with a mixture of the views and tools of both macroecology and macroevolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1925-1936
Number of pages12
JournalGlobal Ecology and Biogeography
Volume28
Issue number12
Early online date6-Nov-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2019

Keywords

  • ECOLOGICAL OPPORTUNITY
  • SPECIES-DIVERSITY
  • ADAPTIVE RADIATIONS
  • NICHE CONSERVATISM
  • RANGE SHIFTS
  • EVOLUTION
  • DIVERSIFICATION
  • INVASION
  • COMPETITION
  • DYNAMICS

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