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Island biogeography of the Anthropocene

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, September 2014
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12 news outlets
7 blogs
180 tweeters
1 peer review site
2 weibo users
3 Facebook pages
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Island biogeography of the Anthropocene
Published in
Nature, September 2014
DOI 10.1038/nature13739
Pubmed ID

Matthew R. Helmus, D. Luke Mahler, Jonathan B. Losos


For centuries, biogeographers have examined the factors that produce patterns of biodiversity across regions. The study of islands has proved particularly fruitful and has led to the theory that geographic area and isolation influence species colonization, extinction and speciation such that larger islands have more species and isolated islands have fewer species (that is, positive species-area and negative species-isolation relationships). However, experimental tests of this theory have been limited, owing to the difficulty in experimental manipulation of islands at the scales at which speciation and long-distance colonization are relevant. Here we have used the human-aided transport of exotic anole lizards among Caribbean islands as such a test at an appropriate scale. In accord with theory, as anole colonizations have increased, islands impoverished in native species have gained the most exotic species, the past influence of speciation on island biogeography has been obscured, and the species-area relationship has strengthened while the species-isolation relationship has weakened. Moreover, anole biogeography increasingly reflects anthropogenic rather than geographic processes. Unlike the island biogeography of the past that was determined by geographic area and isolation, in the Anthropocene--an epoch proposed for the present time interval--island biogeography is dominated by the economic isolation of human populations.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 24 6%
Brazil 15 4%
United Kingdom 8 2%
Canada 6 1%
Germany 4 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
France 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Japan 3 <1%
Other 14 3%
Unknown 329 80%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 117 28%
Researcher 82 20%
Student > Master 61 15%
Student > Bachelor 57 14%
Professor 25 6%
Other 71 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 295 71%
Environmental Science 82 20%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 15 4%
Social Sciences 6 1%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 <1%
Other 12 3%

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