EEB Thursday Seminar: Mammal diversification in relation to dynamic landscapes
Catherine Badgley, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Residential College, Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Museum of Paleontology, UM
Topographically complex regions on land and in the oceans feature hotspots of diversity that reflect geological influences on ecological and evolutionary processes. Diversity across topographic gradients wax and wane over millions of years, tracking tectonic or climatic history. Neontological, paleontological, and geological data and approaches must be integrated to test alternative models of diversification along topographic gradients. I will present a case study of North American mammal diversity in relation to landscape history over the last 30 million years.
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