Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Xue, T., Gadagkar, S. R., Albright, T. P., Yang, X., Li, J., Xia, C., … Yu, S. (2021). Prioritizing conservation of biodiversity in an alpine region: Distribution pattern and conservation status of seed plants in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Global Ecology and Conservation, 32, e01885. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01885 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01885

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) harbors abundant and diverse plant life owing to its high habitat heterogeneity. However, the distribution pattern of biodiversity hotspots and their conservation status remain unclear. Based on 148,283 high-resolution occurrence coordinates of 13,450 seed plants, w…

López‐Delgado, J., & Meirmans, P. G. (2021). History or demography? Determining the drivers of genetic variation in North American plants. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.16230 https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16230

Understanding the impact of historical and demographic processes on genetic variation is essential for devising conservation strategies and predicting responses to climate change. Recolonization after Pleistocene glaciations is expected to leave distinct genetic signatures, characterised by lower ge…

Assunção-Silva, C. C., Bueno, M. L., & Assis, L. C. de S. (2021). Centers of richness and endemism of Lauraceae in the Espinhaço Range, Brazil. Flora, 151943. doi:10.1016/j.flora.2021.151943 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.flora.2021.151943

Our study is the most comprehensive checklist of the species of Lauraceae in the Espinhaço Range, including 99 species that belong to 13 genera. This number of species represents about 22% of the total estimated in Brazil and the endemism 8%. Thirty-four endemic species are identified, of which 15 a…

Wang, C.-J., & Wan, J.-Z. (2021). Functional trait perspective on suitable habitat distribution of invasive plant species at a global scale. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. doi:10.1016/j.pecon.2021.07.002 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecon.2021.07.002

Plant invasion has been proved to threaten biodiversity conservation and ecosystem maintenance at a global scale. It is a challenge to project suitable habitat distributions of invasive plant species (IPS) for invasion risk assessment at large spatial scales. Interaction outcomes between native and …

Roberts, J., & Florentine, S. (2021). Biology, distribution and management of the invasive Jatropha gossypiifolia (Bellyache bush): A global review of current and future management challenges and research gaps. Weed Research. doi:10.1111/wre.12504 https://doi.org/10.1111/wre.12504

Jatropha gossypiifolia (Bellyache bush) is an evergreen, perennial, invasive woody shrub that globally threatens agricultural and native landscapes. The species is native to North and South America, but is currently found in over 52 countries; in many of these countries, it is listed as invasive, du…

Baumbach, L., Warren, D. L., Yousefpour, R., & Hanewinkel, M. (2021). Climate change may induce connectivity loss and mountaintop extinction in Central American forests. Communications Biology, 4(1). doi:10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9 https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9

The tropical forests of Central America serve a pivotal role as biodiversity hotspots and provide ecosystem services securing human livelihood. However, climate change is expected to affect the species composition of forest ecosystems, lead to forest type transitions and trigger irrecoverable losses…

Assunção‐Silva, C. C., & Assis, L. C. de S. (2021). Areas of endemism of Lauraceae: new insights on the biogeographic regionalization of the Espinhaço Range, Brazil. Cladistics. doi:10.1111/cla.12481 https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12481

Using Lauraceae as a study case, we aimed in this article to: (i) delimit areas of endemism in the Espinhaço Range, Brazil; (ii) compare these areas of endemism with those previously delimited, as well as with the centres of endemism; (iii) evaluate the association between areas of endemism and vege…

Lopes, A., Demarchi, L. O., Franco, A. C., Ferreira, A. B., Ferreira, C. S., Wittmann, F., … Piedade, M. T. F. (2021). Predicting the potential distribution of aquatic herbaceous plants in oligotrophic Central Amazonian wetland ecosystems. Acta Botanica Brasilica. doi:10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188 https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188

Aquatic herbaceous plants are especially suitable for mapping environmental variability in wetlands, as they respond quickly to environmental gradients and are good indicators of habitat preference. We describe the composition of herbaceous species in two oligotrophic wetland ecosystems, floodplains…

Wilson, O. J., Mayle, F. E., Walters, R. J., Lingner, D. V., & Vibrans, A. C. (2021). Floristic change in Brazil’s Southern Atlantic forest biodiversity hotspot: From the last glacial maximum to the late 21st century. Quaternary Science Reviews, 264, 107005. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107005 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107005

Brazil's Atlantic Forest biome is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, whose heterogeneous ecosystems are threatened by habitat loss and climate change. Palaeoecological research can provide essential context for the impacts of anthropogenic climate change in the 21st Century and beyond, but ex…

Yudaputra, A., Fijridiyanto, I. A., Astuti, I. P., Zulkarnaen, R. N., Yuswandi, A., Witono, J. R., & Yuzammi, . (2021). Geographic Distribution Shift of Invasive Plant Austroeupatorium inulifolium in the Future Climate Projection. Annual Research & Review in Biology, 38–47. doi:10.9734/arrb/2021/v36i530373 https://doi.org/10.9734/arrb/2021/v36i530373

Aims: This study aims to predict the future geographic distribution shift of invasive plant species Austroeupathorium inulifolium as the impact of global climate change. Study Design: The rising temperature and precipitation change lead to the geographic distribution shift of organisms. A. inulifol…