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Phylogenetic uncertainty revisited: Implications for ecological analyses

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dc.contributor.author Rangel, Thiago F. en
dc.contributor.author Colwell, Robert K. en
dc.contributor.author Graves, Gary R. en
dc.contributor.author Fucíková, Karolina en
dc.contributor.author Rahbek, Carsten en
dc.contributor.author Diniz-Filho, Jose Alexandre F. en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-26T23:23:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-26T23:23:36Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Rangel, Thiago F., Colwell, Robert K., Graves, Gary R., Fucíková, Karolina, Rahbek, Carsten, and Diniz-Filho, Jose Alexandre F. 2015. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/29750">Phylogenetic uncertainty revisited: Implications for ecological analyses</a>." <em>Evolution</em>. 69 (5):1301&ndash;1312. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12644">https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12644</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0014-3820
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/29750
dc.description.abstract Ecologists and biogeographers usually rely on a single phylogenetic tree to study evolutionary processes that affect macroecological patterns. This approach ignores the fact that each phylogenetic tree is a hypothesis about the evolutionary history of a clade, and cannot be directly observed in nature. Also, trees often leave out many extant species, or include missing species as polytomies because of a lack of information on the relationship among taxa. Still, researchers usually do not quantify the effects of phylogenetic uncertainty in ecological analyses. We propose here a novel analytical strategy to maximizes the use of incomplete phylogenetic information, while simultaneously accounting for several sources of phylogenetic uncertainty that may distort statistical inferences about evolutionary processes. We illustrate the approach using a clade-wide analysis of the hummingbirds, evaluating how different sources of uncertainty affect several phylogenetic comparative analyses of trait evolution and biogeographic patterns. Although no statistical approximation can fully substitute for a complete and robust phylogeny, the method we describe and illustrate enables researchers to broaden the number of clades for which studies informed by evolutionary relationships are possible, while allowing the estimation and control of statistical error that arises from phylogenetic uncertainty. Software tools to carry out the necessary computations are offered. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. en
dc.relation.ispartof Evolution en
dc.title Phylogenetic uncertainty revisited: Implications for ecological analyses en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 135482
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/evo.12644
rft.jtitle Evolution
rft.volume 69
rft.issue 5
rft.spage 1301
rft.epage 1312
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.citation.spage 1301
dc.citation.epage 1312


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