Beyond species counts: Using evolutionary history to inform conservation

3 septiembre 2015

With limited funding available, a common strategy for conservation planners is to identify areas of high species richness and endemicity, but this approach ignores evolutionary history and so may overlook important regions for conservation. A recent study argues for the importance of incorporating phylogenetic diversity metrics in conservation planning. The study tests a dozen commonly used metrics so users can determine which metrics should be used in which situations.