October 28 2009

12:00 LSB 2320

Michael Alfaro
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

Phylogenetic approaches to the study of diversification in jawed vertebrates


The uneven distribution of phenotypic diversity and species richness across the tree of life is a fundamental and unexplained pattern of biodiversity. Using examples from ray-finned fishes and tetrapods, I show how recently developed comparative methods can be used to identify exceptional changes in the tempo of cladogenesis and morphological evolution as well as to test causal hypotheses of radiations.I also demonstrate new approaches that permit the
integration of different kinds of data, including taxonomic and fossil information, in studies of diversification. Together, these approaches facilitate critical evaluation of long-standing explanations of biodiversity as well as offer a framework for posing new questions about diversification at broad phylogenetic scales.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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