Special Issue "Evolutionary Aspects of Taxonomic Diversity Patterns"
A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2011)
Prof. Dr. Bradford A. Hawkins (Website)
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 321 Steinhaus Hall, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Interests: biogeography; macroecology; diversity gradients
Dr. Xiao-Lei Huang (Website)
Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
Interests: biodiversity pattern; biogeography; entomology; evolutionary biology; fauna evolution; genomics; molecular phylogenetics
Since the time of Linnaeus and earlier, we have been collecting specimens, giving them names, and describing biodiversity patterns in nature. Although we now have knowledge of biodiversity, albeit incomplete, we still have a lot of work to do to understand patterns and mechanisms in more regions and taxa. Importantly, we need to improve our understanding of historical processes that shape biodiversity patterns. To answer this question, research needs to focus on the full range of hierarchical levels (from ecological to molecular). We hope this special issue provide an unique forum on this topic.
We invite authors to contribute your latest research focusing on evolutionary aspects of diversity gradients and historical processes of faunal evolution. Review articles of theoretical issues or geographical regions are particularly welcome. Case studies of specific taxa or areas as well as short communications are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Bradford A. Hawkins
Dr. Xiao-Lei Huang
- climate change
- diversity patterns
- evolutionary process
- fauna evolution
- genetic diversity
- species richness