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The comparative method in conservation biology

Fisher, Diana; Owens, Ian P F

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The phylogenetic comparative approach is a statistical method for analyzing correlations between traits across species. Whilst it has revolutionized evolutionary biology, can it work for conservation biology? Although it is correlative, advocates of the comparative method hope that it will reveal general mechanisms in conservation, provide shortcuts for prioritizing conservation research, and enable us to predict which species will experience (or create) problems in the future. Here, we ask...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78272
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2004.05.004

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