March 2 2011

12:00 LSB 2320

Brett Riddle
Department of Biological Sciences, UNLV

Biogeographic explorations in the geologically and climatically turbulent North American deserts


Historical biogeography continues to transform from a science known primarily for controversy and discord into one that offers powerful insights into the history of life on Earth. Here, I use studies of biotic diversification in the North American deserts to illustrate several emergent and seemingly very general biogeographic patterns with a link to causal events in Earth history. However, one pervasive theme is that putatively general patterns might often mask a cryptic complexity that will require ongoing development of approaches; more explicit interactions between biogeographers, geologists, and paleoclimate modelers; and even larger datasets in order to robustly link patterns with causal processes.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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