• Crawford Laboratory for Evolutionary Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
  • Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Theory, Human Evolution, Macroevolution, Phylogenetics / Phylogenomics, Phylogeography & Biogeography, Speciation
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BSc., McGill (1989) DPhil, Univ. of Oxford (1994) Killam Fellow, Univ. of British Columbia (1995-1997) NWO Fellow, Univ. Amsterdam (1998-2000) Faculty, Simon Fraser University (2001-present)

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Range size dynamics can explain why evolutionarily age and diversification rate correlate with contemporary extinction risk in plants
Andrew J. Tanentzap, Javier Igea, Matthew G. Johnston, Matthew J. Larcombe

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Are both very young and the very old plant lineages at heightened risk of extinction?

Human economic activity is responsible for the vast majority of ongoing extinction, but that does not mean lineages are being affected willy-nilly. For amphibians [1] and South African flowering plants [2], young species have a somewhat higher than expected chance of being threatened with extinction. In contrast, older Australian marsupial lineages seem to be more at risk [3]. Both of the former studies suggested that situations leading to peripheral isolation might simultaneously increase on...


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Ancient tropical extinctions contributed to the latitudinal diversity gradient
Andrea S. Meseguer, Fabien Condamine

Recommended by Joaquín Hortal and Juan Arroyo based on reviews by Juan Arroyo, Joaquin Calatayud, Joaquín Hortal, Arne Mooers and 2 anonymous reviewers
One (more) step towards a dynamic view of the Latitudinal Diversity Gradient

The Latitudinal Diversity Gradient (LDG) has fascinated natural historians, ecologists and evolutionary biologists ever since [1] described it about 200 years ago [2]. Despite such interest, agreement on the origin and nature of this gradient has been elusive. Several tens of hypotheses and models have been put forward as explanations for the LDG [2-3], that can be grouped in ecological, evolutionary and historical explanations [4] (see also [5]). These explanations can be reduced to no less tha...