Phylogenetic ecology at world scale, a new fusion between ecology and evolution

Mark Westoby*

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Abstract

One fusion between ecology and evolution is well established, under the title of population biology. The years 2006-2020 will see a new fusion, likely to prove equally creative. Inputs from ecology to this second fusion will be worldwide data sets for ecological traits across many species. Inputs from evolution will be phylogenetic trees with well-resolved topology and with increasingly tight geological dates for each branch point. There will be unification of two aims: first to explain the spread of different ways of making a living, across the range of present-day species; and second, to narrate the evolutionary history that has led up to present-day ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S163-S165
Number of pages3
JournalEcology
Volume87
Issue number7 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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