Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Williamson, J. L., & Baumann, M. J. (2021). Evidence of Brood Parasitism and Quantification of Rangewide Overlap between the Olive Warbler and Brown-headed Cowbird. Western Birds, 52(1), 68–75. doi:10.21199/wb52.1.5 https://doi.org/10.21199/wb52.1.5

Brood parasitism is a fascinating natural history phenomenon that provides a window into the coevolution of antagonistic interactions. Many ecological and evolutionary aspects of brood parasitism remain unknown, and new hosts of brood parasites are still being discovered. We document the second inst…

Schnase, J. L., Carroll, M. L., Gill, R. L., Tamkin, G. S., Li, J., Strong, S. L., … Spradlin, C. S. (2021). Toward a Monte Carlo approach to selecting climate variables in MaxEnt. PLOS ONE, 16(3), e0237208. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0237208 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0237208

MaxEnt is an important aid in understanding the influence of climate change on species distributions. There is growing interest in using IPCC-class global climate model outputs as environmental predictors in this work. These models provide realistic, global representations of the climate system, pro…

Cruz, J. A., Prado, J. L., & Arroyo-Cabrales, J. (2021). The mutual ecogeographical range and paleoclimatic reconstruction during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene in the Pampas (Argentina) using meso and microvertebrate fossils. The Holocene, 095968362199465. doi:10.1177/0959683621994652 https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683621994652

The Pampas of Argentina is a large grassland ecosystem located in the oriental region southern of South America. As a study case, we present the results of the paleoclimatic analysis of the Tixi Cave site. This is a paleontological and archeological locality that shows a long chronologic sequence, w…

Ellestad, P., Forest, F., Serpe, M., Novak, S. J., & Buerki, S. (2021). Harnessing large-scale biodiversity data to infer the current distribution of Vanilla planifolia (Orchidaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. doi:10.1093/botlinnean/boab005 https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boab005

Although vanilla is one of the most popular flavours in the world, there is still uncertainty concerning the native distribution of the species that produces it, Vanilla planifolia. To circumscribe the native geographical extent of this economically important species more precisely, we propose a new…

Rodríguez-Gómez, F., Licona-Vera, Y., Silva-Cárdenas, L., & Ornelas, J. F. (2021). Phylogeography, morphology and ecological niche modelling to explore the evolutionary history of Azure-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanocephala, Trochilidae) in Mesoamerica. Journal of Ornithology. doi:10.1007/s10336-020-01853-x https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-020-01853-x

The Pleistocene climate cycles and mountain uplift both affected the diversification of taxa in Mesoamerica. Yet, phylogeographic breaks and demographic responses of co-distributed taxa are not congruent. Investigation of more species with widespread distributions across Mexico and Central America w…

Khosravifard, S., Skidmore, A. K., Toxopeus, A. G., & Niamir, A. (2020). Potential invasion range of raccoon in Iran under climate change. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 66(6). doi:10.1007/s10344-020-01438-2 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-020-01438-2

Growing global evidence demonstrates that not only the invasion of alien species has imposed serious threats to native biodiversity, but it also threatens health and economics. The raccoon (Procyon lotor), medium-sized mammal, native to North America, as a result of escapes or deliberate introductio…

Ramírez‐Albores, J. E., Prieto‐Torres, D. A., Gordillo‐Martínez, A., Sánchez‐Ramos, L. E., & Navarro‐Sigüenza, A. G. (2020). Insights for protection of high species richness areas for the conservation of Mesoamerican endemic birds. Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.13153 https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13153

Aim: To assess the representativeness values of Mesoamerican endemic birds within the current network of protected areas (PAs) to determine high‐priority and complementary conservation areas to maximize the long‐term protection of species. Location: From central Mexico to southern Panama. Methods:…

Oegelund Nielsen, R., da Silva, R., Juergens, J., Staerk, J., Lindholm Sørensen, L., Jackson, J., … Conde, D. A. (2020). Standardized data to support conservation prioritization for sharks and batoids (Elasmobranchii). Data in Brief, 33, 106337. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2020.106337 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106337

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Li, X., Li, B., Wang, G., Zhan, X., & Holyoak, M. (2020). Deeply digging the interaction effect in multiple linear regressions using a fractional-power interaction term. MethodsX, 7, 101067. doi:10.1016/j.mex.2020.101067 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2020.101067

In multiple regression Y ~ β0 + β1X1 + β2X2 + β3X1 X2 + ɛ., the interaction term is quantified as the product of X1 and X2. We developed fractional-power interaction regression (FPIR), using βX1M X2N as the interaction term. The rationale of FPIR is that the slopes of Y-X1 regression along the X2 gr…

Destro, G. F. G., Andrade, A. F. A. de, Fernandes, V. de, Terribile, L. C., & De Marco, P. (2020). Climate suitability as indicative of invasion potential for the most seized bird species in Brazil. Journal for Nature Conservation, 58, 125890. doi:10.1016/j.jnc.2020.125890 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2020.125890

Wildlife trade is considered one of the most significant pathways for the spread of exotic species, as it is present worldwide and crosses abiotic and biotic barriers. In this sense, identifying potential invaders before they are introduced and analyzing the ecological implications of possible escap…