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Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics: Preserving Our Evolutionary Heritage in an Extinction Crisis

  • This book provides a fast and reliable way of understanding the role of phylogenetic diversity in present biodiversity conservation frame work
  • It can be very useful for graduate, master and PhD students as it discusses basic questions such as the way we value phylogenetic diversity, gives guidelines for the choice of measures and provides detailed information on new methodological solutions
  • The examples given here shows that it can be very useful to policy makers as it shows that this can be applied

Series: Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation Volume: 14

By: Roseli Pellens(Editor), Philippe Grandcolas(Editor), Kevin J Gaston(Foreword By)

390 pages, 26 colour & 52 b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Mar 2016 | #226448 | ISBN-13: 9783319224602
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About this book

Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics is about phylogenetic diversity as an approach to reduce biodiversity losses in this period of mass extinction. Chapters in the first section deal with questions such as the way we value phylogenetic diversity among other criteria for biodiversity conservation; the choice of measures; the loss of phylogenetic diversity with extinction; the importance of organisms that are deeply branched in the tree of life, and the role of relict species. The second section is composed by contributions exploring methodological aspects, such as how to deal with abundance, sampling effort, or conflicting trees in analysis of phylogenetic diversity. The last section is devoted to applications, showing how phylogenetic diversity can be integrated in systematic conservation planning, in EDGE and HEDGE evaluations. This wide coverage makes Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics a reference for academics, policy makers and stakeholders dealing with biodiversity conservation.


1. Phylogenetics and conservation biology: drawing a path into the diversity of life
2. The value of phylogenetic diversity
3. The PD phylogenetic diversity framework: linking evolutionary history to feature diversity for biodiversity conservation
4. Reconsidering the loss of evolutionary history: how does non-random extinction prune the tree-of-life?
5. Phylogenetics and conservation in New Zealand: the long and the short of it
6. What is the meaning of extreme phylogenetic diversity? The case of phylogenetic relict species
7. Using phylogenetic dissimilarities among sites for biodiversity assessments and conservation
8. Phylogenetic diversity measures and their decomposition: a framework based on hill numbers
9. Split diversity: measuring and optimizing biodiversity using phylogenetic split networks
10. The rarefaction of phylogenetic diversity: formulation, extension and application
11. Support in area prioritization using phylogenetic information
12. Assessing hotspots of evolutionary history with data from multiple phylogenies: an analysis of endemic clades from New Caledonia
13. Representing hotspots of evolutionary history in systematic conservation planning for European mammals
14. Priorities for conservation of the evolutionary history of amphibians in the cerrado
15. Global spatial analyses of phylogenetic conservation priorities for aquatic mammals
16. Metapopulation capacity meets evolutionary distinctness: spatial fragmentation complements phylogenetic rarity in prioritization
17. Patterns of species, phylogenetic and mimicry diversity of clearwing butterflies in the Neotropics
18. Conservation of phylogenetic diversity in Madagascar's largest endemic plant family, Sarcolaenaceae
19. The future of phylogenetic systematics in conservation biology: linking biodiversity and society

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