Reply to: "Global conservation of phylogenetic diversity captures more than just functional diversity"

Mazel, Florent, Pennell, Matthew W., Cadotte, Marc W., Diaz, Sandra, Dalla Riva, Giulio Valentino, Grenyer, Richard, Leprieur, Fabien, Mooers, Arne O., Mouillot, David, Tucker, Caroline M., and Pearse, William D. (2019) Reply to: "Global conservation of phylogenetic diversity captures more than just functional diversity". Nature Communications, 10. 858.

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[Excerpt] Academic biologists have long advocated for conserving phylogenetic diversity (PD), often (but not exclusively) on the basis that PD is a useful proxy for “feature diversity”, defined as the variety of forms and functions represented in set of organisms (see below for an extended discussion of this definition)1,2,3,4. In a recent paper5, we assess the extent to which this proxy (which we coined the “phylogenetic gambit”) holds in three empirical datasets (terrestrial mammals, birds, and tropical marine fishes) when using functional traits and functional diversity (FD) to operationalize feature diversity. Owen et al.6 offer a criticism of our methods for quantifying feature diversity with FD and disagree with our conclusions. We are grateful that Owen et al.6 have engaged thoughtfully with our work, but we believe there are more points of agreement than Owen et al.6 imply.

Item ID: 57323
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 2041-1723
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019.
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2019 07:37
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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