The Measurement of Biological Diversity

St Andrews is a world-leader in the development and deployment of statistical techniques for estimating and measuring biodiversity, across populations and communities of a staggering array of organisms. We measure and seek to understand genetic diversity across different levels of populations, communities, and ecosystems.

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Prof. Anne Magurran
Dr. Maria Dornelas

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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Negrão, R, Sampaio-e-Silva, T, Rocha Kortz, A, Magurran, A & Silva Matos , DM 2017, 'An endangered tree fern increases beta-diversity at a fine scale in the Atlantic Forest Ecosystem' Flora, vol 234, pp. 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.flora.2017.05.020
Vellend, M, Dornelas, M, Baeten, L, Beauséjour, R, Brown, CD, De Frenne, P, Elmendorf, SC, Gotelli, NJ, Moyes, F, Myers-Smith, IH, Magurran, AE, McGill, BJ, Shimadzu, H & Sievers, C 2017, 'Estimates of local biodiversity change over time stand up to scrutiny' Ecology, vol 98, no. 2, pp. 583-590. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1660
Magurran, AE 2016, 'How ecosystems change' Science, vol 351, no. 6272, pp. 448-449. DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6758