Elevational trends in biodiversity: Examining theoretical predictions across taxa

Principal Investigators:

Christy M. McCain

Documenting patterns and understanding factors producing and maintaining global biodiversity have been fundamental goals of ecological research since the first expeditions of Darwin and Wallace. After a century and a half of research on biodiversity patterns and processes, Brown asserted that a general explanation for patterns of biodiversity would emerge in the next few years, particularly for elevational and latitudinal patterns. Elevational gradients hold enormous potential for understanding general properties of biodiversity since variable... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow13th January 2004—12th January 2007Participant List  
Graduate Student1st April—30th June 2006Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Christy M. McCainchristy.mccain@colorado.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
John Kefauverjkefauver@bren.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Dunn, Robert; McCain, Christy M.; Sanders, Nathan J. 2007. When does diversity fit null model predictions? Scale and range size mediate the mid-domain effect. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Vol: 16. Pages 305-312.
Book Chapter Grytnes, John A.; McCain, Christy M. 2007. Elevational patterns in species richness. Edited by S. Levin Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Elsevier, Inc.. Pages 1-8.
Journal Article McCain, Christy M. 2005. Elevational gradients in diversity of small mammals. Ecology. Vol: 86(2). Pages 366-372.
Journal Article McCain, Christy M. 2006. Do elevational range size, abundance, and body size patterns mirror those documented for geographic ranges? A case study using Costa Rican rodents. Evolutionary Ecology Research. Vol: 8. Pages 435-454.
Journal Article McCain, Christy M. 2007. Area and mammalian elevational diversity. Ecology . Vol: 88 (1). Pages 76-86.
Journal Article McCain, Christy M. 2007. Could temperature and water availability drive elevational species richness patterns? a global case study for bats. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Vol: 16. Pages 1-13.
Journal Article McCain, Christy M. 2009. Global analysis of bird elevational diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Vol: 18. Pages 346-360.
Journal Article McCain, Christy M. 2010. Global analysis of reptile elevational diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Vol: 19(4). Pages 541-553. (Online version)
Journal Article Mittelbach, Gary G.; Schemske, Douglas W.; Cornell, Howard V.; Allen, Andrew P.; Brown, Jonathan; Bush, Mark; Harrison, Susan P.; Hurlbert, Allen H.; Knowlton, Nancy; Lessios, Harilaos A.; McCain, Christy M.; McCune, Amy R.; McDade, Lucinda A.; McPeek, Mark A.; Near, Thomas J.; Price, Trevor; Ricklefs, Robert E.; Roy, Kaustuv; Sax, Dov F.; Schluter, Dolph; Sobel, James M.; Turelli, Michael. 2007. Evolution and the latitudinal diversity gradient: Speciation, extinction and biogeography. Ecology Letters. Vol: 10. Pages 315-331.
"Elevational trends in biodiversity: Examining theoretical predictions across taxa" is project ID: 7680