LINK (completed)

Phanerozoic diversification: linking observation and process

About the project

Rates of evolution as manifested in diversity dynamics vary in time, space and among groups of organisms. Despite consensus that speciation/origination and extinction rates vary over the Phanerozoic, there is little agreement on the estimates of these rates, nor processes behind their variation. This is because existing models do not adequately capture the processes that generated fossil data, from which inferences regarding diversification are made. The aim of LINK is to recover true evolutionary patterns and processes from data filtered through and biased by incomplete sampling in the fossil record.

The Objectives of LINK are to:

  1. Estimate latent global diversification patterns
  2. Quantify drivers of evolutionary turnover 
  3. Generalize geographical patterns of expansion and contraction 
  4. Bridge global and local processes

This project is concieved and led by Lee Hsiang Liow


This project is financed by the Research Council of Norway.


01.08.2014 - 31.07.2018

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Published July 8, 2014 9:35 AM - Last modified Oct. 15, 2019 1:17 PM