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Phylogenetic Analysis and Comparative Data: A Test and Review of Evidence
TLDR
Simulations show λ to be a statistically powerful index for measuring whether data exhibit phylogenetic dependence or not and whether it has low rates of Type I error, which demonstrates that even partial information on phylogeny will improve the accuracy of phylogenetic analyses.
What Is the Allee Effect
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This work proposes a definition for the Allee effect and attempts to resolve the major issues underlying the confusion surrounding this term.
Why do we still use stepwise modelling in ecology and behaviour?
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It is shown that stepwise regression allows models containing significant predictors to be obtained from each year's data, and that the significance of the selected models vary substantially between years and suggest patterns that are at odds with those determined by analysing the full, 4-year data set.
Oligotyping: differentiating between closely related microbial taxa using 16S rRNA gene data
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Oligotyping is described, a novel supervised computational method that allows researchers to investigate the diversity of closely related but distinct bacterial organisms in final operational taxonomic units identified in environmental data sets through 16S ribosomal RNA gene data by the canonical approaches.
Dealing with collinearity in behavioural and ecological data: model averaging and the problems of measurement error
  • R. Freckleton
  • Environmental Science
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2010
TLDR
It is shown that automated model selection techniques should not be relied on in the analysis of complex multivariable datasets, as this can lead to extreme biases when predictors are collinear, have strong effects but differ in their degree of measurement error.
The role of ecological theory in microbial ecology
TLDR
It is argued that the full potential of the ongoing revolution in microbial ecology will not be realized if research is not directed and driven by theory, and that the generality of established ecological theory must be tested using microbial systems.
Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystem Functions.
Coral reef cascades and the indirect effects of predator removal by exploitation
TLDR
The results suggest the depletion of functionally important consumer species by exploitation can indirectly influence coral reef ecosystem structure and function at the scale of islands.
Large‐scale spatial dynamics of plants: metapopulations, regional ensembles and patchy populations
1  We present a critical review of the application of metapopulation theory to the regional dynamics of plants. We consider whether there is evidence that regional populations of plants show a
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