Toward an organismal, integrative, and iterative phylogeography

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  • David Buckley

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    1. Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 3060 VLSB, University of California, Berkeley, CA-94720-3140, USA
    • Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 3060 VLSB, University of California, Berkeley, CA-94720-3140, USA.
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Abstract

Phylogeography involves the analysis of gene genealogies in a spatial context, to infer the historical processes that have shaped the current population structure and distribution of organisms. The field has expanded rapidly in the last three decades, triggered by important technical and methodological advances. However, these technical improvements have not been paralleled by major changes in theoretical paradigms. I suggest that phylogeographic techniques are underutilized, and that adopting an organismal, integrative, and iterative research program in phylogeography will reinforce the explanatory power of the discipline.

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