Predicting continental-scale patterns of bird species richness with spatially explicit models.

  title={Predicting continental-scale patterns of bird species richness with spatially explicit models.},
  author={Carsten Rahbek and Nicholas J. Gotelli and Robert K Colwell and Gary L. Entsminger and Thiago Fernando Rangel and Gary R Graves},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={274 1607},
The causes of global variation in species richness have been debated for nearly two centuries with no clear resolution in sight. Competing hypotheses have typically been evaluated with correlative models that do not explicitly incorporate the mechanisms responsible for biotic diversity gradients. Here, we employ a fundamentally different approach that uses spatially explicit Monte Carlo models of the placement of cohesive geographical ranges in an environmentally heterogeneous landscape. These… CONTINUE READING
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