A new Global Ecology and Biogeography paper co-authored by former YIBS Donnelley Fellow Dr. Peter Cowman explores the role of tropical coral reefs in the evolutionary speed of reef fish. Through the use of evolutionary trees calibrated with genetic fossil data, Dr. Cowman and his team found the four studied reef fish families presented a faster formation of new and diverse species, lower extinction rates, and higher geographic dispersal. This research advances the theory that most extratropical reef fish lineages have originated from tropical areas.
The marine tropics: an important evolutionary engine
September 7, 2016
Full paper: Siqueira, A. C., Oliveira‐Santos, L. G. R., Cowman, P. F., & Floeter, S. R. (2016). Evolutionary processes underlying latitudinal differences in reef fish biodiversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
This research was supported by the Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowships.