Phylogenetics and systematics
Toward an organismal, integrative, and iterative phylogeography
Article first published online: 26 MAY 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 31, Issue 7, pages 784–793, July 2009
How to Cite
Buckley, D. (2009), Toward an organismal, integrative, and iterative phylogeography. Bioessays, 31: 784–793. doi: 10.1002/bies.200800162
- Issue published online: 12 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 26 MAY 2009
- Amphibian Tree of Life. Grant Number: NSF- 0334939
- hypothesis testing;
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.