Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas
    Pages 1-15 Open Access
  3. Questions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Christopher Lean, James Maclaurin
      Pages 19-37 Open Access
    3. Steven A. Trewick, Mary Morgan-Richards
      Pages 81-97 Open Access
    4. Philippe Grandcolas, Steven A. Trewick
      Pages 99-115 Open Access
  4. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Anne Chao, Chun-Huo Chiu, Lou Jost
      Pages 141-172 Open Access
    3. Olga Chernomor, Steffen Klaere, Arndt von Haeseler, Bui Quang Minh
      Pages 173-195 Open Access
    4. Daniel Rafael Miranda-Esquivel
      Pages 219-235 Open Access
    5. Roseli Pellens, Antje Ahrends, Peter M. Hollingsworth, Philippe Grandcolas
      Pages 237-262 Open Access
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Débora Leite Silvano, Paula Hanna Valdujo, Guarino Rinaldi Colli
      Pages 287-304 Open Access
    3. Laura J. May-Collado, Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Ingi Agnarsson
      Pages 305-318 Open Access
    4. Nicolas Chazot, Keith R. Willmott, André V. L. Freitas, Donna Lisa de Silva, Roseli Pellens, Marianne Elias
      Pages 333-354 Open Access
    5. Anaëlle Soulebeau, Roseli Pellens, Porter P. Lowry II, Xavier Aubriot, Margaret E. K. Evans, Thomas Haevermans
      Pages 355-374 Open Access
    6. Roseli Pellens, Daniel P. Faith, Philippe Grandcolas
      Pages 375-383 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 385-390

About this book


Phylogenetic diversity is now a key concept for biodiversity conservation due to its link to option value, evolutionary potential and to the possibility of guiding conservation across scales. Present facilities for obtaining molecular sequences and metagenomes are powering this research field, rendering available detailed information of phylogenetic diversity for a wide taxonomic sample in a short time frame. Along with modern methods of Systematic Conservation Planning this will certainly contribute to more explicit identification of conservation priorities and options.

This book brings an updated state of the art of phylogenetic diversity in conservation biology. Nineteen chapters written by scientists from research institutions of fourteen countries demonstrate that approaches for preserving the evolutionary heritage are now very tuned into human impacts and sustainability issues. The questions, methods and applications around which it is organized show the importance of phylogenetic diversity in avoiding biodiversity losses in the present extinction crisis. They touch important points such as the way we value phylogenetic diversity, the importance of thinking at a much wider sample of the Tree of Life, the choice of adequate measures. In methods section, new solutions, such as dealing with abundances, sampling effort, or with information coming from conflicting phylogenetic trees are provided. Application section includes study cases of different groups of organi

sms, such as mammals, amphibians, butterflies and plants, in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, showing that phylogenetic diversity can be applied in a very wide range of situations, including as a way for predicting conservation status of species.

This highlights the interest of this book not only for students and scientists of related disciplines but also for stakeholders and policy-makers working on the implementation of global, regional, and local agendas for biodiversity conservation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roseli Pellens
    • 1
  • Philippe Grandcolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité, ISYEB – UMR 7205 CNRS MNHN UPMC EPHE, Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleSorbonne UniversitésParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22460-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22461-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-1288
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1296
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