Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology

Concepts and Practice

  • László Zsolt Garamszegi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

  3. Handling Phylogenies in Different Statistical Designs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Alejandro Gonzalez-Voyer, Achaz von Hardenberg
      Pages 201-229
    3. Anthony R. Ives, Theodore Garland Jr.
      Pages 231-261
    4. Pierre de Villemereuil, Shinichi Nakagawa
      Pages 287-303
    5. László Zsolt Garamszegi, Roger Mundry
      Pages 305-331
  4. Specific Models for Studying Evolutionary Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Emmanuel Paradis
      Pages 335-350
    3. Brian C. O’Meara, Jeremy M. Beaulieu
      Pages 381-393
    4. Jeremy M. Beaulieu, Brian C. O’Meara
      Pages 395-408
    5. D. Luke Mahler, Travis Ingram
      Pages 425-450
    6. William D. Pearse, Andy Purvis, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Matthew R. Helmus
      Pages 451-464
    7. Michael Charleston, Ran Libeskind-Hadas
      Pages 465-480
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 545-552

About this book


Phylogenetic comparative approaches are powerful analytical tools for making evolutionary inferences from interspecific data and phylogenies. The phylogenetic toolkit available to evolutionary biologists is currently growing at an incredible speed, but most methodological papers are published in the specialized statistical literature and many are incomprehensible for the user community. This textbook provides an overview of several newly developed phylogenetic comparative methods that allow to investigate a broad array of questions on how phenotypic characters evolve along the branches of phylogeny and how such mechanisms shape complex animal communities and interspecific interactions. The individual chapters were written by the leading experts in the field and using a language that is accessible for practicing evolutionary biologists. The authors carefully explain the philosophy behind different methodologies and provide pointers – mostly using a dynamically developing online interface – on how these methods can be implemented in practice. These “conceptual” and “practical” materials are essential for expanding the qualification of both students and scientists, but also offer a valuable resource for educators.


Bayesian approaches Brownian motion Phylogenetic Least Square Models evolution phylogenetic comparative methods statistics

Editors and affiliations

  • László Zsolt Garamszegi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Evolutionary EcologyEstación Biológica de Doñana-CSICSevillaSpain

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