biodiversity

Analysing biotic communities

The previous tutorial covered a bunch of the basics with some pretty straightforward data, and was more focused on how R works. Now we’ll be looking at slightly more complicated data (species data), which will require learning some fancier data handling.

Identifying research questions for the conservation of the Cape Floristic Region

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2019/5889) We conducted a survey among people working in the nature conservation community in an implementation, research or policy capacity to identify research questions that they felt were …

BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12729) Motivation: The BioTIME database contains raw data on species identities and abundances in ecological assemblages through time. These data enable users to calculate temporal trends in …

Intensifying postfire weather and biological invasion drive species loss in a Mediterranean-type biodiversity hotspot

[Access the paper here.](https://dx.doi.org/10.1073%2Fpnas.1619014114) Prolonged periods of extreme heat or drought in the first year after fire affect the resilience and diversity of fire-dependent ecosystems by inhibiting seed germination or …

Processes of community assembly in an environmentally heterogeneous, high biodiversity region

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.01945) Despite decades of study, the relative importance of niche-based versus neutral processes in community assembly remains largely ambiguous. Recent work suggests niche-based processes are …

Producing a plant diversity portal for South Africa

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.12705/662.9) Taxonomy provides a universal method to classify biodiversity at different scales locally and globally. Currently, existing taxonomic treatments are scattered, limiting their accessibility and …

A novel phylogenetic regionalization of phytogeographical zones of southern Africa reveals their hidden evolutionary affinities

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12619) Aim: Although existing bioregional classification schemes often consider the compositional affinities within regional biotas, they do not typically incorporate phylogenetic information …

Geography, climate, and biodiversity: the history and future of Mediterranean-type ecosystems

[More on the book here.](https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679584.001.0001/acprof-9780199679584) The world's mediterranean-climate regions all have mild, winter-rain climates that have developed over the past several …

Fynbos Proteaceae as model organisms for biodiversity research and conservation

[Access the paper here.](http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0038-23532012000600005)

Capturing lessons from land-users to aid the development of ecological restoration guidelines for lowland Namaqualand

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2007.12.005) The purpose of the study was to capture the restoration knowledge of land-users in lowland Namaqualand, South Africa to aid the development of restoration guidelines for this …