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Research Note: Global gradients in vertebrate diversity predicted by historical area-productivity dynamics and contemporary environment

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:21pm
Yale UniversityYale University

Understanding what determines the distribution of biodiversity across the planet remains one of the critical challenges in biology and has gained particular urgency in the face of environmental change and accelerating species extinctions. A study co-authored by Walter Jetz, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, develops a novel analytical framework to jointly evaluate historical and contemporary environmental predictors of the latitudinal gradient in the diversity of terrestrial vertebrates.

Read the research article here.

Bill Hathaway

Yale University

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