Edited by Will Pearse and Pedro Peres-Neto
This Virtual Issue, created to celebrate the International Biogeography Society's 2017 conference in Tuscon, Arizona, shows off new articles in the field from a diverse array of authors.
To truly understand how species' distributions vary through space and time, biogeographers often have to make use of analytical techniques from a wide array of disciplines. As such, these papers cover advances in evolutionary analysis (Weir & Lawson), biodiversity definitions (Pavoine et al.), and species distribution modelling (Brewer et al.). Equally, they reflect the growing understanding that biogeography can include experiments (Borer et al.), and discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of working with remote-sensing data (Pettorelli et al.; Leempoel et al.). Finally, biogeography often has meaningful implications for policy, such as in disease modelling (Verity et al.) and conservation (Boakes et al.).
This selection of papers also highlights the growing number of software packages focused towards biogeography (Rominger et al.; Bocedi et al.). Many of these manuscripts have early-career lead-authors, and one of these papers won our journal's Robert May prize (Gallien et al.).
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