There's more to macroecology than meets the eye

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Macroecology sits at the junction of, and can contribute to, the fields of ecology, biogeography, palaeontology and macroevolution, using a broad range of approaches to tackle a diverse set of questions. Here, we argue that there is more to macroecology than mapping, and that while they are potentially useful, maps are insufficient to assess macroecological pattern and process. The true nature of pattern can only be assessed, and competing hypotheses about process can only be disentangled, by adopting a statistical approach, and it is this that has been key to the development of macroecology as a respected and rigorous scientific discipline.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalGlobal Ecology and Biogeography
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006


  • spatial autocorrelation, Rapoport's rule, Geographical ecology, macroecology, mapping, statistics