User:Carl Boettiger/Notebook/Comparative Phylogenetics/2010/03/31
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Biology Letters format, 2500 words, 2 figures.
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Constable, H. et al., 2010. VertNet: a new model for biodiversity data sharing. PLoS biology, 8(2), e1000309. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20169109. Must read
Summary: Authors describe VertNet, a cloud-computing resource for vertibrate biodiversity data. Data is publicly accessible can be user annotated while remaining contributor-mediated, retaining primacy and expertise of the orignal contributor.
Opinion: Scientists have long argued for the importance of openly accessible, standardized and georeferenced biodiversity data. This work represents a significant accomplishment in overcoming technological, sociological, and idiosynchratic barriers to make this a reality.
Summary: Existing phylogenetic diversity metrics do not account for relative abundance.
Opinion: This work represents a significant improvement on existing approaches of phylogenetic diversity which are commonly used to evaluate species conservation value.
Summary: Authors evaluate two large data collections of population dynamics to find that many long time series express only weak regulation using autoregressive moving average (ARMA) models. The variation of the stationary distribution relative to the variation in the moving average component is taken as the measure of population regulation (1 if strong, much larger under weaker regulation).
Opinion: An intriguing paper that brings extensive analysis to a long-standing and fundamental question in population biology. These methods deserve further exploration for their ability to detect strong regulation, as it should be possible to establish confidence intervals on this estimate.
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