Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology

Concepts and Practice

Editors: Garamszegi, László Zsolt (Ed.)

  • Helps to integrate of the rapidly developing statistical methodology into evolutionary biology
  • Provides an overview of the most recent phylogenetic comparative methods that have been developed for a diverse array of questions
  • The conceptual background is presented with an extensive list of biological examples and illustrative analyses
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About this Textbook

Phylogenetic comparative approaches are powerful analytical tools for making evolutionary inferences from interspecific data and phylogenies. The phylogenetic toolkit available to evolutionary biologists is currently growing at an incredible speed, but most methodological papers are published in the specialized statistical literature and many are incomprehensible for the user community. This textbook provides an overview of several newly developed phylogenetic comparative methods that allow to investigate a broad array of questions on how phenotypic characters evolve along the branches of phylogeny and how such mechanisms shape complex animal communities and interspecific interactions. The individual chapters were written by the leading experts in the field and using a language that is accessible for practicing evolutionary biologists. The authors carefully explain the philosophy behind different methodologies and provide pointers – mostly using a dynamically developing online interface – on how these methods can be implemented in practice. These “conceptual” and “practical” materials are essential for expanding the qualification of both students and scientists, but also offer a valuable resource for educators.

About the authors

László Zsolt Garamszegi is an Associate Professor at Estación Biológica de Doñana in Seville, Spain. His research focuses on various questions in evolutionary biology, with major interests in the evolution of behaviours, sexual signals and animal communication as well as host-parasite interactions. In all of these lines of investigations, Dr. Garamszegi heavily relies on the application and development of statistical approaches, in which he has obtained a considerable expertise. As a result, he plays a leading role in the dissemination of various tools for data analysis within the disciplines of evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology, which is clearly indicated by the number of methodological papers, journal volumes and conferences to which he contributed.

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“Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships among species or groups of species. … phylogenetic comparative method refers to analyses in a historical framework that compares data across such groups of species controlling for relatedness. Authors in this textbookreference work for scholars and students introduce and explain the mostly statistical methods for undertaking these comparisons. … A website provides data sets and guides to analyzing them with the approaches discussed in some chapters. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through researchers/faculty.” (E. Delson, Choice, Vol. 52 (6), February, 2015)

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • An Introduction to the Phylogenetic Comparative Method

    Paradis, Emmanuel

    Pages 3-18

  • Working with the Tree of Life in Comparative Studies: How to Build and Tailor Phylogenies to Interspecific Datasets

    Garamszegi, László Zsolt (et al.)

    Pages 19-48

  • An Introduction to Supertree Construction (and Partitioned Phylogenetic Analyses) with a View Toward the Distinction Between Gene Trees and Species Trees

    Bininda-Emonds, Olaf R. P.

    Pages 49-76

  • Graphical Methods for Visualizing Comparative Data on Phylogenies

    Revell, Liam J.

    Pages 77-103

  • A Primer on Phylogenetic Generalised Least Squares

    Symonds, Matthew R. E. (et al.)

    Pages 105-130

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover $119.00
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  • Due: August 30, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-51291-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology
Book Subtitle
Concepts and Practice
Editors
  • László Zsolt Garamszegi
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-43550-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-43550-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-43549-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51291-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 552
Number of Illustrations and Tables
66 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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