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, a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Paul Fine of the University of California, Berkeley, develops a novel analytical framework to jointly evaluate historical and contemporary environmental predictors of the latitudinal gradient in the diversity of terrestrial vertebrates.

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Bill Hathaway

Yale University

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