October 27, 2016

A special issue of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society entitled Biogeography of the Carpathians: evolutionary and spatial facets of biodiversity has been published online (volume 119, issue 3).

The issue was guest-edited by Michał Ronikier together with Patrik Mráz (Charles University, Prague). It stems from the First Interdisciplinary Symposium Biogeography of the Carpathians: Evolution of Biodiversity in a Spatiotemporal Context (see the website), which took place in Kraków (Poland) from 28 to 30 September 2013, and contains 12 papers focused on various aspects of the Carpathian biogeography and biodiversity. We contributed to two of these papers (see citations below).

Thanks to the agreement with the publisher of BJLS, all papers from this special issue will be free to download until the end of the year.

The issue, as well as the "Biogeography of the Carpathians" Symposium, have been financially supported by our project DRYADE realized within the Polish-Swiss Research Programme.

Citations

Mráz P, Barabas D, Lengyelová L, Turis P, Schmotzer A, Janišová M, Ronikier M, 2016. Vascular plant endemism in the Western Carpathians: spatial patterns, environmental correlates and taxon traits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 119: 630–648 DOI

  • In this paper we address the vascular plant endemism in the Western Carpathians and show that the highest endemic richness is present in the central part of the mountains and that this pattern is significantly positively correlated with altitude and its interaction with proportion of calcareous bedrock. We also show that Western Carpathian and pan-Carpathian endemics display to some extent different patterns in the study area.

Mráz P, Ronikier M, 2016. Biogeography of the Carpathians: evolutionary and spatial facets of biodiversity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 119: 528-559 DOI

  • Here we review recent progress in biogeographical research focused on the Carpathians with a focus on such aspects as species richness and its spatial patterns, endemism, Quaternary refugial areas, divergence time of biota, phylogeography and cytogeography.