Evolutionary dynamics of algal traits and diversity
Verbruggen, Heroen; Marcelino, Vanessa R.; Costa, Joana F.
Abstract Algae have a particularly rich evolutionary history that has not yet been comprehensively explored. We review statistical techniques to infer patterns of trait evolution and species diversification from phylogenies. We illustrate these methods using the evolution of algal thermal niches and its interaction with species diversification as a case study. We offer some perspectives for the application of these methods in other fields of phycology and the integration of micro- and macroevolutionary approaches.