Infomap Bioregions: Interactive Mapping of Biogeographical Regions from Species Distributions

Infomap Bioregions: Interactive Mapping of Biogeographical Regions from Species Distributions

Author Edler, Daniel Google Scholar
Guedes, Thais Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Zizka, Alexander Google Scholar
Rosvall, Martin Google Scholar
Antonelli, Alexandre Google Scholar
Abstract Biogeographical regions (bioregions) reveal how different sets of species are spatially grouped and therefore are important units for conservation, historical biogeography, ecology, and evolution. Several methods have been developed to identify bioregions based on species distribution data rather than expert opinion. One approach successfully applies network theory to simplify and highlight the underlying structure in species distributions. However, this method lacks tools for simple and efficient analysis. Here, we present Infomap Bioregions, an interactive web application that inputs species distribution data and generates bioregion maps. Species distributions may be provided as georeferenced point occurrences or range maps, and can be of local, regional, or global scale. The application uses a novel adaptive resolution method to make best use of often incomplete species distribution data. The results can be downloaded as vector graphics, shapefiles, or in table format. We validate the tool by processing large data sets of publicly available species distribution data of the world's amphibians using species ranges, and mammals using point occurrences. We then calculate the fit between the inferred bioregions and WWF ecoregions. As examples of applications, researchers can reconstruct ancestral ranges in historical biogeography or identify indicator species for targeted conservation.
Keywords Biogeography
bioregionalization
conservation
mapping
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Oxford
Language English
Sponsor Swedish Research Council
European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme
Wallenberg Academy Fellowship
Sao Paulo Research Foundation
Grant number Swedish Research Council: B0569601
Swedish Research Council: 2012-3729
European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme: 331024
FAPESP: 2013/04170-8
FAPESP: 2014/18837-7
Date 2017
Published in Systematic Biology. Oxford, v. 66, n. 2, p. 197-204, 2017.
ISSN 1063-5157 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Oxford Univ Press
Extent 197-204
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syw087
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000397703800007
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/55075

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