Seaweed Phylogeography from 1994 to 2014: An Overview

  • Zi-Min HuEmail author
  • De-Lin Duan
  • Juan Lopez-Bautista


Molecular phylogeographic approaches employed for studying genetic diversity and evolution of seaweeds experienced noticeable growth since the mid-1990s and have greatly expanded our understanding of factors and processes contributing to biodiversity, adaptation, and population genetic variation of seaweeds. Herein, we present a numerical synthesis of 126 published references on seaweed phylogeography during the past two decades. We summarize the progress, research hotspots, regional distribution of outputs, potential deficiencies, and future tendencies in this field at a global scale. We also highlight the importance of integrating a statistically rigorous and comparative phylogeographic framework with species distribution models (SDM) and model-based phylogeographic inferences, when exploring cryptic speciation and evolution of seaweeds in response to global climate change, environmental shift, and human interference.


Coastal ecosystem Ecological adaptation Habitat heterogeneity Phylogeography Population genetics Seaweed 



We would like to thank Ceridwen Fraser and an anonymous reviewer for valuable comments on this chapter. This study was partially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (31370264) granted to Z.M. Hu.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Experimental Marine BiologyInstitute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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