Virtual Issue: Biogeography

Edited by Pedro Peres-Neto and Will Pearse

January 2017

This Virtual Issue, created to celebrate the International Biogeography Society's 2017 conference in Tuscon, Arizona, shows off new articles in the field from a diverse array of authors.

To truly understand how species' distributions vary through space and time, biogeographers often have to make use of analytical techniques from a wide array of disciplines. As such, these papers cover advances in evolutionary analysis (Weir & Lawson), biodiversity definitions (Pavoine et al.), and species distribution modelling (Brewer et al.). Equally, they reflect the growing understanding that biogeography can include experiments (Borer et al.), and discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of working with remote-sensing data (Pettorelli et al.; Leempoel et al.). Finally, biogeography often has meaningful implications for policy, such as in disease modelling (Verity et al.) and conservation (Boakes et al.).

This selection of papers also highlights the growing number of software packages focused towards biogeography (Rominger et al.; Bocedi et al.). Many of these manuscripts have early-career lead-authors, and one of these papers won our journal's Robert May prize (Gallien et al.).

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Finding generality in ecology: a model for globally distributed experiments
Elizabeth T. Borer, W. Stanley Harpole, Peter B. Adler, Eric M. Lind, John L. Orrock, Eric W. Seabloom, Melinda D. Smith

Uncovering hidden spatial structure in species communities with spatially explicit joint species distribution models
Otso Ovaskainen, David B. Roy, Richard Fox, Barbara J. Anderson

Bridging the variance and diversity decomposition approaches to beta diversity via similarity and differentiation measures
Anne Chao, Chun-Huo Chiu

Plateau: a new method for ecologically plausible climate envelopes for species distribution modelling
Mark J. Brewer, Robert B. O'Hara, Barbara J. Anderson, Ralf Ohlemuller

Accounting for multiple climate components when estimating climate change exposure and velocity
Christopher P. Nadeau, Angela K. Fuller

Identifying the signal of environmental filtering and competition in invasion patterns – a contest of approaches from community ecology
Laure Gallien, Marta Carboni, Tamara Munkemuller

Evolutionary rates across gradients
Jason T. Weir, Adam Lawson

Beyond the species–area relationship: improving macroecological extinction estimates
Justin Kitzes, John Harte

Inferring species extinction: the use of sighting records
Elizabeth H Boakes, Tracy M. Rout, Ben Collen

How to manipulate landscapes to improve the potential for range expansion
Jenny A. Hodgson, David W. Wallis, Ritesh Kirshna, Stephen J. Cornell

How do we want Satellite Remote Sensing to support biodiversity conservation globally?
Nathalie Pettorelli, Harry Jon Foord Owen, Clare Duncan

Spatial targeting of infectious disease control: identifying multiple, unknown sources
Robert Verity, Mark D. Stevenson, D. Kim Rossmo, Richard A. Nichols, Steven C. Le Comber

RangeShifter: a platform for modelling spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species' responses to environmental changes
Greta Bocedi, Stephen C. F. Palmer, Guy Pe'er, Risto K. Heikkinen, Yiannis G. Matsinos, Kevin Watts, Justin M. J. Travis

meteR: an r package for testing the maximum entropy theory of ecology
Andrew J. Rominger, Cory Merow

Uncertainty in biological monitoring: a framework for data collection and analysis to account for multiple sources of sampling bias
Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Mevin B. Hooten, Evan H. Campbell Grant

Towards a unified descriptive theory for spatial ecology: predicting biodiversity patterns across spatial scales
Sandro Azaele, Amos Maritan, Stephen J. Cornell, Samir Suweis, Jayanth R. Banavar, Doreen Gabriel, William E. Kunin

‘Equivalent numbers’ for species, phylogenetic or functional diversity in a nested hierarchy of multiple scales
Sandrine Pavoine, Eric Marcon, Carlo Ricotta

Very high-resolution digital elevation models: are multi-scale derived variables ecologically relevant?
Kevin Leempoel, Christian Parisod, Celine Geiser, Lucas Dapra, Pascal Vittoz, Stephane Joost

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