Biodiversity Data Journal
Conservation of the evolutionary diversity among organisms should be included in the selection of priority regions for preservation of Earth’s biodiversity. Traditionally, biodiversity has been determined from an assessment of species richness (S), abundance, evenness, rarity, etc. of organisms but not from variation in species’ evolutionary histories. Phylogenetic diversity (PD) measures evolutionary differences between taxa in a community and is gaining acceptance as a biodiversity assessment tool. However, with the increase in the number of ways to calculate PD, end-users and decision-makers are left wondering how metrics compare and what data are needed to calculate various metrics.
Aust S, Ahrendsen D, Kellar P (2015) Biodiversity assessment among two Nebraska prairies: a comparison between traditional and phylogenetic diversity indices. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e5403. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5403
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