Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

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Endemism and species richness in mountains

Selection of plant taxa endemic and near-endemic to Great-Winterberg-Anatholes (Clark et al., 2014) Clark et al., South African Journal of Botany, 2014

Short description

Mountains are known for their high degree of endemism and for acting as storehouse of global biodiversity. However, although endemism and species richness are highly relevant to the global prioritization of conservation efforts in mountains, our global understanding of the processes driving observed patterns remains relatively limited.  In contrast, endemisms and species richness has been studied quite thoroughly in islands, resulting in a rich literature on patterns, processes, models, and theories.

With experts in both island- and mountain biogeography, ecology, and biodiversity, in paleoecology, and in spatial modeling, this working group aims at exploring the parallels between islands and mountains and at improving our understanding of the geographic, ecological, and evolutionary processes responsible for the endemisms and species richness observed in mountains.

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Deliverable Status Lead
Article: Exploring the analogy between mountain islands and true islands to understand current endemism: snapshot isolation and isolation history Under review Suzette Flantua
Name Affiliation  
Suzette Flantua University of Bergen, Norway GMBA Network
Richard Field Nottingham University, United Kingdom  
Walter Jetz Yale University, United States GMBA SSC
Markus Fischer University of Bern, Switzerland GMBA SSC
Davnah Payne
GMBA office

Past Event

Working group meeting: Endemism in mountains

University of Vienna, Austria, April 2017