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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 show both that it can be applied to many cases and be very useful to policy makers.

Part of the book series: Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation (TOBC, volume 14)

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Phylogenetics and Conservation Biology: Drawing a Path into the Diversity of Life

    • Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas
    Pages 1-15Open Access
  3. Questions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. The Value of Phylogenetic Diversity

      • Christopher Lean, James Maclaurin
      Pages 19-37Open Access
    3. Phylogenetics and Conservation in New Zealand: The Long and the Short of It

      • Steven A. Trewick, Mary Morgan-Richards
      Pages 81-97Open Access
    4. What Is the Meaning of Extreme Phylogenetic Diversity? The Case of Phylogenetic Relict Species

      • Philippe Grandcolas, Steven A. Trewick
      Pages 99-115Open Access
  4. Methods

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 117-117
    2. Phylogenetic Diversity Measures and Their Decomposition: A Framework Based on Hill Numbers

      • Anne Chao, Chun-Huo Chiu, Lou Jost
      Pages 141-172Open Access
    3. Split Diversity: Measuring and Optimizing Biodiversity Using Phylogenetic Split Networks

      • Olga Chernomor, Steffen Klaere, Arndt von Haeseler, Bui Quang Minh
      Pages 173-195Open Access
    4. Support in Area Prioritization Using Phylogenetic Information

      • Daniel Rafael Miranda-Esquivel
      Pages 219-235Open Access
    5. Assessing Hotspots of Evolutionary History with Data from Multiple Phylogenies: An Analysis of Endemic Clades from New Caledonia

      • Roseli Pellens, Antje Ahrends, Peter M. Hollingsworth, Philippe Grandcolas
      Pages 237-262Open Access
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 263-263
    2. Priorities for Conservation of the Evolutionary History of Amphibians in the Cerrado

      • Débora Leite Silvano, Paula Hanna Valdujo, Guarino Rinaldi Colli
      Pages 287-304Open Access
    3. Global Spatial Analyses of Phylogenetic Conservation Priorities for Aquatic Mammals

      • Laura J. May-Collado, Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Ingi Agnarsson
      Pages 305-318Open Access

About this book

This book 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 the book a reference for academics, policy makers and stakeholders dealing with biodiversity conservation.


  • Phylogenetic
  • conservation
  • evolutionary distinctiveness
  • priority areas
  • zonation
  • Systematic Botany

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité, ISYEB – UMR 7205 CNRS MNHN UPMC EPHE, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Sorbonne Universités, Paris, France

    Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics

  • Book Subtitle: Preserving our evolutionary heritage in an extinction crisis

  • Editors: Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas

  • Series Title: Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-22460-2Published: 01 March 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-79399-3Published: 07 April 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-22461-9Published: 24 February 2016

  • Series ISSN: 1875-1288

  • Series E-ISSN: 1875-1296

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 390

  • Number of Illustrations: 28 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Plant Evolution, Evolutionary Theory

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)