(Crossposted with edits from the Ecography Blog; original post July 8, 2014)
In July 2014, we (my collaborator Jeremy Lundholm, our joint PhD student Oluwatobe “Tobi” Oke, and I) published a paper in Ecography: “Integrating phylogenetic community structure with species distribution models: an example with plants of rock barrens”. (And kudos to Holly Abbandonato for 1st-rate field help). I wrote the following “story behind the paper” for Ecography’s blog. I like reading this kind of thing, so you’ll probably see more on the blog in future.
Our paper combines approaches from phylogenetic community ecology and species distribution modeling to understand the assembly of plant communities on rock barrens. It was enormous fun to be involved with the work, in part because before we started I knew nothing about SDMs and next to nothing about rock barrens. That we ended up with what I think is a pretty good paper is a testament to the value of collaboration and coauthorship. Continue reading