The use of taxonomic relationships among species in applied ecological research: Baseline, steps forward and future challenges

Bevilacqua, S; Anderson, MJ; Ugland, KI; Somerfield, PJ; Terlizzi, A. 2021 The use of taxonomic relationships among species in applied ecological research: Baseline, steps forward and future challenges. Austral Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/aec.13061

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Abstract/Summary

Taxonomy is more than a mere exercise of nomenclature and classification of biological diversity: it profiles the identity of species by investigating their biological and ecological traits. Taxonomy is intimately related to ecology which, in turn, cannot be a mere exercise in describing ecological patterns, but instead requires deep knowledge of species’ biological structures, roles, interactions and functions. Thus, the study of taxonomic and phylogenetic relatedness of species is of paramount importance in ecological research, enabling insights into potential evolutionary patterns and processes, allowing a more comprehensive view of biodiversity, and providing opportunities to improve the assessment and monitoring of ecological changes in time and space. The work of K. Robert (‘Bob’) Clarke forged new pathways in this direction, providing new ideas and statistical tools to include and exploit taxonomic relationships in applied marine ecological studies and beyond, also inspiring the next generation of ecologists. In this short review, we synthesise the application and development of these tools and concepts in marine biodiversity research over the last three decades and suggest future pathways in this evolving field.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: marine biodiversity, species richness estimators, taxonomic distinctness, taxonomic sufficiency.
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > National Capability categories > Single Centre NC - CLASS
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
Depositing User: S Hawkins
Date made live: 14 Jun 2021 07:17
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 07:17
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9238

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