Collinearity and what’s on the horizon for macroecology

Two papers that just appeared in press at Ecography caught my attention, a review about methods to deal with collinearity lead by Carsten Dormann (looks like the sequel to his autocorrelation paper in the same journal), and a “horizon scan” for macroecology by Jan Beck and colleagues.

I guess the issue of collinearity is pretty self-explanatory – this will be a useful paper for many people. I also liked the paper by Jan Beck and colleagues lot. They raise a number of points, e.g. more processes, more paleo/phylo, addressing the issue of scaling, sampling problems, and hierarchical models, which are, as it seems to me, the themes that are currently floating around in the community here in central Europe, at least in my circles. I think it’s really useful to have this formulated so nicely, to check whether the view here matches with what is considered important elsewhere, and to stimulated discussion where opinions diverge.


Dormann, C. F., Elith, J., Bacher, S., Buchmann, C., Carl, G., Carré, G., Marquéz, J. R. G., Gruber, B., Lafourcade, B., Leitão, P. J., Münkemüller, T., McClean, C., Osborne, P. E., Reineking, B., Schröder, B., Skidmore, A. K., Zurell, D. & Lautenbach, S. (2012) Collinearity: a review of methods to deal with it and a simulation study evaluating their performance. Ecography, in press.

Beck, J., Ballesteros-Mejia, L., Buchmann, C. M., Dengler, J., Fritz, S. A., Gruber, B., Hof, C., Jansen, F., Knapp, S., Kreft, H., Schneider, A.-K., Winter, M. & Dormann, C. F. (2012) What’s on the horizon for macroecology?. Ecography, in press.


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