• ISEM, CNRS, Montpellier, France
  • Evolutionary Dynamics, Macroevolution, Other, Phylogenetics / Phylogenomics, Phylogeography & Biogeography, Systematics / Taxonomy
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I’m an evolutionary biologist working on macroevolution. My research combines probabilistic approaches, fossil evidence and a variety of molecular markers to reconstruct the evolutionary history of organisms at large spatio-temporal scales. My main interest is to investigate patterns of biotic assemblage, with special emphasis on the processes shaping diversity patterns (speciation, extinction and dispersal). I am also interested in the fossil record and in its integration with current evidence to provide more realistic scenarios of the past.

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Leaps and bounds: geographical and ecological distance constrained the colonisation of the Afrotemperate by Erica
Michael D. Pirie, Martha Kandziora, Nicolai M. Nuerk, Nicholas C. Le Maitre, Ana Laura Mugrabi de Kuppler, Berit Gehrke, Edward G.H. Oliver, and Dirk U. Bellstedt

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The colonization history of largely isolated habitats

The build-up of biodiversity is the result of in situ speciation and immigration, with the interplay between geographical distance and ecological suitability determining the probability of an organism to establish in a new area. The relative contribution of these factors have long interested biogeographers, in particular to explain the distribution of organisms adapted to habitats that remained largely isolated, such as the colonization of oceanic islands or land waters. The focus of this study ...


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