NCEAS Project 9500

The role of temperature in the origin and maintenance of biodiversity

  • Andrew P. Allen

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow1st March 2005—28th February 2008Participant List  

Abstract
The mechanisms responsible for latitudinal gradients in biodiversity are still poorly understood. Mechanistic understanding will require new theory that links short-term species coexistence to long-term speciation-extinction dynamics. My research at NCEAS will involve developing and testing a theoretical framework based on temperature dependence of biological rates and times and the dynamics of speciation and extinction. This framework will involve a synthesis of theory and data that encompasses population genetics, community ecology, and macroevolution. The primary motivations for this work are to better understand and predict changes in biodiversity along temperature gradients, and more generally, to better understand the forces that control the origin and maintenance of species.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Allen, Andrew P.; Gillooly, James F.; Brown, James H. 2005. Linking the global carbon cycle to individual metabolism. Functional Ecology. Vol: 19. Pages 202-213.
Journal Article Allen, Andrew P.; Gillooly, James F. 2006. Assessing latitudinal gradients in speciation rates and biodiversity at the global scale. Ecology Letters. Vol: 9. Pages 947-954.
Data Set Allen, Andrew P. 2006. Global compilation of molecular evolution data for planktonic foraminifera. (Online version)
Journal Article Allen, Andrew P.; Gillooly, James F.; Savage, Van M.; Brown, James H. 2006. Kinetic effects of temperature on rates of genetic divergence and speciation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 130(24). Pages 9130-9135.
Journal Article Allen, Andrew P.; Savage, Van M. 2007. Setting the absolute tempo of biodiversity dynamics. Ecology Letters. Vol: 10. Pages 637-646.
Journal Article Allen, Andrew P.; Gillooly, James F. 2007. The mechanistic basis of the metabolic theory of ecology. Oikos. Vol: 116. Pages 1073-1077.
Journal Article Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J.; Allen, Andrew P.; Gillooly, James F.; Brown, James H. 2006. Temperature-dependence of biomass accumulation rates during secondary succession. Ecology Letters. Vol: 9. Pages 673-682.
Journal Article Cleland, Elsa E.; Chuine, Isabelle; Menzel, Annette; Mooney, Harold A.; Schwartz, Mark D. 2007. Shifting plant phenology in response to global change. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Vol: 22(7). Pages 357-363.
Journal Article Enquist, Brian J.; Allen, Andrew P.; Brown, James H.; Gillooly, James F.; Kerkhoff, Andrew J.; Niklas, Karl J.; Price, Charles A.; West, Geoffrey B. 2007. Does the exception prove the rule?. Nature. Vol: 445. Pages E9-E10.
Journal Article Gillooly, James F.; Allen, Andrew P.; Brown, James H.; Elser, James J.; Martinez del Rio, Carlos; Savage, Van M.; West, Geoffrey B.; Woodruff, W. H.; Woods, H. A. 2005. The metabolic basis of whole-organism RNA and phosphorus content. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 102(33). Pages 11923-11927.
Journal Article Gillooly, James F.; Allen, Andrew P.; Charnov, Eric. 2006. Dinosaur fossils predict body temperatures. PLoS Biology. Vol: 4(8). Pages e248.
Journal Article Gillooly, James F.; Allen, Andrew P. 2007. Changes in body temperature influence the scaling of Vo2max and aerobic scope in mammals. Biology Letters. Vol: 3. Pages 99-102.
Journal Article Gillooly, James F.; McCoy, Michael W.; Allen, Andrew P. 2007. Effects of metabolic rate on protein evolution. Biology Letters. Vol: 3. Pages 655-659.
Journal Article Gillooly, James F.; Allen, Andrew P. 2007. Linking global patterns in biodiversity to evolutionary dynamics using metabolic theory. Ecology. Vol: 88(8). Pages 1890-1894.
Journal Article Gillooly, James F.; Londono, Gustavo A.; Allen, Andrew P. 2008. Energetic constraints on an early developmental stage: A comparative view. Biology Letters. Vol: 4. Pages 123-126.
Journal Article Savage, Van M.; Allen, Andrew P.; Brown, James H.; Gillooly, James F.; Herman, Alexander B.; Woodruff, W. H.; West, Geoffrey B. 2007. Scaling of number, size, and metabolic rate of cells with body size in mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 104(11). Pages 4718-4723.