From historical biogeography and shifting range borders to phylogeography and dispersal

(by Jan W. (Pim) Arntzen)

Parallel species distributions often reflect similar ecological requirements and are frequently interpreted as evidence for shared evolutionary histories. However, over what time period may this hold true and how deep in time can we look back, really? Early on in my career I adopted the comparative approach to deal with this type of questions and I worked with pairs of amphibian species, such as in the genera Bombina and Bufo, Lissotriton and Triturus. A keystone for fixing the history of species in time and space has been ‘enclaves’—pockets of a species range geographically isolated from the stock by the other species in the pair. In my talk I hope to show how my work, from historical biogeography and shifting range borders to phylogeography and dispersal, has been inspired by enclaves and other remarkable biogeographical patterns.

Congress Collaborators

  • Cátia Venâncio
  • Iolanda Rocha
  • Inês Bulhosa
  • Sara Costa
  • Nuno Costa
  • Ariana Moutinho
  • Emanuele Fasola
  • Bárbara Santos
  • Isabel Damas
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