Preface.- Introduction.- Phylogenetic Data in R.- Phylogenetic Diversity.- Functional Diversity.- Phylogenetic & Functional Beta Diversity.- Null Models.- Comparative Methods & Phylogenetic Signal.- Partitioning the Phylogenetic, Functional, Environmental and Spatial Components of Community Diversity.- Integrating R with Other Phylogenetic and Functional Trait Analytical Software.- References.- Index
The author is a tropical plant field biologist by training with a research focus on using phylogenetic and functional information to understand the distribution and dynamics of biodiversity through space and time. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2008 at the University of Arizona and was a NSF postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics with the Center for Tropical Forest Science then located at the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University. His career over the past decade has coincided with the rapid boom in phylogenetic- and functional trait-based analyses of ecological datasets. In recognition of his work integrating phylogenetic and functional trait information across scales, he has received the 2011 Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator's Award from the American Society of Naturalists and the 2012 Ebbe Nielsen Prize from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Being recognized as a leader in his field has lead to the author providing R analytical workshops in places such China, Costa Rica and Taiwan. Designing and implementing these workshops naturally lead to the development and refinement of this volume.
From the book reviews:"This book is structured in nine interlinked chapters ... . Each chapter is built in a lecture-style incremental manner and does not assume an extensive previous knowledge of R. All chapters conclude with a series of exercises that consolidate the presented notions. This approach makes the book suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as researchers with an interest in the field. Its structure and detailed examples supported with exercises make it a timely addition for the scientific community." (Irina Ioana Mohorianu, zbMATH, Vol. 1300, 2015)"This book is based on a course taught by the author and has therefore gone through rigorous user testing, which shows in the clear layout and detailed step-by-step guidance through sophisticated statistical analyses. ... Anyone embarking on related research will benefit from this." (Markus Eichhorn, Frontiers of Biogeography, Vol. 6 (2), 2014)