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Pattern, process, inference and prediction in extinction biology


Brook, BW and Alroy, J, Pattern, process, inference and prediction in extinction biology, Biology Letters, 13, (1) Article 20160828. ISSN 1744-9561 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1098/rsbl.2016.0828


Extinction is a key feature of the evolutionary history of life, and assessments of extinction risk are essential for the effective protection of biodiversity. The goal in assembling this special issue of Biology Letters was to highlight problems and questions at the research frontier of extinction biology, with an emphasis on recent developments in the methodology of inferring the patterns and processes of extinction from a background of often noisy and sparse data. In selecting topics, we sought to illustrate how extinction is not simply a selfevident phenomenon, but the subject of a dynamic and quantitatively rigorous field of natural science, with practical applications to conservation.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:mass extinction, biodiversity crisis, ecological specialisation, vulnerability traits, global change
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:115954
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FL160100101)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-04-21
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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