Uses of GBIF in scientific research

Peer-reviewed research citing GBIF as a data source, with at least one author from Switzerland.
Extracted from the Mendeley GBIF Public Library.

List of publications

  • Ballesteros-Mejia, L., Kitching, I., Jetz, W., Nagel, P., Beck, J.

    Mapping the biodiversity of tropical insects: species richness and inventory completeness of African sphingid moths

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    Keywords: co-kriging interpolation, hawkmoths, Lepidoptera, pattern, sampling effort, spatial, Sphingidae, Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Beck, J., Ballesteros-Mejia, L., Nagel, P., Kitching, I.

    Online solutions and the ‘Wallacean shortfall’: what does GBIF contribute to our knowledge of species' ranges?

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    Aim: To investigate the contribution to range filling, range extent and climatic niche space of species of information contained in the largest databank of digitized biodiversity data: the global biodiversity information facility (GBIF). We compared such information with a compilation of independent distributional data from natural history collections and other sources. Location: Europe. Methods: We used data for the hawkmoths (Lepidoptera, family Sphingidae) to assess three aspects of range information: (1) observed range filling in 100 km × 100 km grid cell squares, (2) observed European range extent and (3) observed climatic niche. Range extents were calculated as products of latitudinal and longitudinal extents. Areas derived from minimum convex polygons drawn onto a 2-dimensional niche space representing the two main axes of a principal component analysis (PCA) were used to calculate climatic niche space. Additionally, record-based permutation tests for niche differences were carried out. Results We found that GBIF provided many more distribution records than independent compilation efforts, but contributed less information on range filling, range extent and climatic niches of species. Main conclusions Although GBIF contributed relevant additional information, it is not yet an effective alternative to manual compilation and databasing of distributional records from collections and literature sources, at least in lesser-known taxa such as invertebrates. We discuss possible reasons for our findings, which may help shape GBIF strategies for providing more informative data.

    Keywords: climatic niche space, gbif, global biodiversity information facility, lepidoptera, natural history collections, range extent, range filling, sphingidae


  • Ficetola, G., Rondinini, C., Bonardi, A., Katariya, V., Padoa-schioppa, E., Angulo, A.

    An evaluation of the robustness of global amphibian range maps

    Journal of Biogeography.

    Aim Maps of species ranges are among the most frequently used distribution data in biodiversity studies. As with any biological data, range maps have some level of measurement error, but this error is rarely quantified. We assessed the error associated with amphibian range maps by comparing them with point locality data. Location Global. Methods The maps published by the Global Amphibian Assessment were assessed against two data sets of species point localities: the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and a refined data set including recently published, high-quality presence data from both GBIF and other sources. Range fit was measured as the proportion of presence records falling within the range polygon(s) for each species. Results Using the high-quality point data provided better fit measures than using the raw GBIF data. Range fit was highly variable among continents, being highest for North American and European species (a fit of 84–94%), and lowest for Asian and South American species (a fit of 57–64%). At the global scale, 95% of amphibian point records were inside the ranges published in maps, or within 31 km of the range edge. However, differences among continents were striking, and more points were found far from range edges for South American and Asian species. Main conclusions The Global Amphibian Assessment range maps represent the known distribution of most amphibians well; this study provides measures of accuracy that can be useful for future research using amphibian maps as baseline data. Nevertheless, there is a need for greater investment in the continuous updating and improvement of maps, particularly in the megadiverse areas of tropical Asia and South America.

    Keywords: alpha-hulls, amphibians, conservation biogeography, data quality, gbif, mea-, point data, range size, species distribution range, surement error, wallacean


  • Gross, A., Holdenrieder, O., Pautasso, M., Queloz, V., Sieber, T.

    Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidu, the causal agent of European ash dieback

    Molecular Plant Pathology.

    The ascomycete Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (anamorph Chalara fraxinea) causes a lethal disease known as ash dieback on Fraxinus excelsior and Fraxinus angustifolia in Europe. The pathogen was probably introduced from East Asia and the disease emerged in Poland in the early 1990s, and the subsequent epidemic is spreading to the entire native distribution range of the host trees. This pathogen profile represents a comprehensive review of the state of research from the discovery of the pathogen and points out knowledge gaps and research needs.

    Keywords: and the subsequent epidemic is spreading to the en, The ascomycete Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (anamor


  • Humphreys, A., Linder, H.

    Evidence for recent evolution of cold tolerance in grasses suggests current distribution is not limited by (low) temperature.

    The New phytologist.

    Temperature is considered an important determinant of biodiversity distribution patterns. Grasses (Poaceae) occupy among the warmest and coldest environments on earth but the role of cold tolerance evolution in generating this distribution is understudied. We studied cold tolerance of Danthonioideae (c. 280 species), a major constituent of the austral temperate grass flora. We determined differences in cold tolerance among species from different continents grown in a common winter garden and assessed the relationship between measured cold tolerance and that predicted by species ranges. We then used temperatures in current ranges and a phylogeny of 81% of the species to study the timing and mode of cold tolerance evolution across the subfamily. Species ranges generally underestimate cold tolerance but are still a meaningful representation of differences in cold tolerance among species. We infer cold tolerance evolution to have commenced at the onset of danthonioid diversification, subsequently increasing in both pace and extent in certain lineages. Interspecific variation in cold tolerance is better accounted for by spatial than phylogenetic distance. Contrary to expectations, temperature - low temperature in particular - appears not to limit the distribution of this temperate clade. Competition, time or dispersal limitation could explain its relative absence from northern temperate regions.

    Keywords: cold tolerance, danthonioideae, distribution, frost tolerance, grasses, niche evolution, poaceae, temperature


  • Manda, S., Saborido, A., Dubois, M.

    Control of Conyza spp. with Glyphosate – A Review of the Situation in Europe

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    In Europe, glyphosate resistant populations have developed in some weed species in perennial crops, includ- ing three species of the genus Conyza documented by the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds. Conyza spp. biology is reviewed in this paper and related to population dynamics and the development of resist- ant populations. Suboptimal growth stage at application, improper agricultural practices such as overreliance on glyphosate and long-term use of sublethal doses are identified as the most important factors of resistance development. Current control methods in perennial crops including mixtures of glyphosate with other active ingredients are discussed and effective weed management strategies are described to manage the development and spread of glyphosate resistant Conyza spp. in Europe.

    Keywords: Conyza bonariensis (L.) Cronquist, Conyza canadensis (L.) Cronquist, Conyza sumatrensis (Retz.) E. H. Walker, resistance, weed management


  • Mouillot, D., Bellwood, D., Baraloto, C., Chave, J., Galzin, R., Harmelin-Vivien, M., Kulbicki, M., Lavergne, S., Lavorel, S., Mouquet, N., Paine, C., Renaud, J., Thuiller, W.

    Rare Species Support Vulnerable Functions in High- Diversity Ecosystems

    PLoS biology 11(5).

    Around the world, the human-induced collapses of populations and species have triggered a sixth mass extinction crisis, with rare species often being the first to disappear. Although the role of species diversity in the maintenance of ecosystem processes has been widely investigated, the role of rare species remains controversial. A critical issue is whether common species insure against the loss of functions supported by rare species. This issue is even more critical in species-rich ecosystems where high functional redundancy among species is likely and where it is thus often assumed that ecosystem functioning is buffered against species loss. Here, using extensive datasets of species occurrences and functional traits from three highly diverse ecosystems (846 coral reef fishes, 2,979 alpine plants, and 662 tropical trees), we demonstrate that the most distinct combinations of traits are supported predominantly by rare species both in terms of local abundance and regional occupancy. Moreover, species that have low functional redundancy and are likely to support the most vulnerable functions, with no other species carrying similar combinations of traits, are rarer than expected by chance in all three ecosystems. For instance, 63% and 98% of fish species that are likely to support highly vulnerable functions in coral reef ecosystems are locally and regionally rare, respectively. For alpine plants, 32% and 89% of such species are locally and regionally rare, respectively. Remarkably, 47% of fish species and 55% of tropical tree species that are likely to support highly vulnerable functions have only one individual per sample on average. Our results emphasize the importance of rare species conservation, even in highly diverse ecosystems, which are thought to exhibit high functional redundancy. Rare species offer more than aesthetic, cultural, or taxonomic diversity value; they disproportionately increase the potential breadth of functions provided by ecosystems across spatial scales. As such, they are likely to insure against future uncertainty arising from climate change and the ever-increasing anthropogenic pressures on ecosystems. Our results call for a more detailed understanding of the role of rarity and functional vulnerability in ecosystem functioning.

    Keywords: Conyza bonariensis (L.) Cronquist, Conyza canadensis (L.) Cronquist, Conyza sumatrensis (Retz.) E. H. Walker, resistance, weed management


  • Normand, S., Randin, C., Ohlemüller, R., Bay, C., Høye, T., Kjær, E., Körner, C., Lischke, H., Maiorano, L., Paulsen, J., Pearman, P., Psomas, A., Treier, U., Zimmermann, N., Svenning, J.

    A greener Greenland? Climatic potential and long-term constraints on future expansions of trees and shrubs.

    Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 368(1624) 20120479.

    Warming-induced expansion of trees and shrubs into tundra vegetation will strongly impact Arctic ecosystems. Today, a small subset of the boreal woody flora found during certain Plio-Pleistocene warm periods inhabits Greenland. Whether the twenty-first century warming will induce a re-colonization of a rich woody flora depends on the roles of climate and migration limitations in shaping species ranges. Using potential treeline and climatic niche modelling, we project shifts in areas climatically suitable for tree growth and 56 Greenlandic, North American and European tree and shrub species from the Last Glacial Maximum through the present and into the future. In combination with observed tree plantings, our modelling highlights that a majority of the non-native species find climatically suitable conditions in certain parts of Greenland today, even in areas harbouring no native trees. Analyses of analogous climates indicate that these conditions are widespread outside Greenland, thus increasing the likelihood of woody invasions. Nonetheless, we find a substantial migration lag for Greenland's current and future woody flora. In conclusion, the projected climatic scope for future expansions is strongly limited by dispersal, soil development and other disequilibrium dynamics, with plantings and unintentional seed dispersal by humans having potentially large impacts on spread rates.

    Keywords: Conyza bonariensis (L.) Cronquist, Conyza canadensis (L.) Cronquist, Conyza sumatrensis (Retz.) E. H. Walker, resistance, weed management


  • Peter Linder, H., Antonelli, A., Humphreys, A., Pirie, M., Wüest, R.

    What determines biogeographical ranges? Historical wanderings and ecological constraints in the danthonioid grasses

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    Aim We sought to understand the variables that limit the distribution range of a clade (here the danthonioid grasses). We tested time, area of origin, habitat suitability, disjunction width and nature, and wind direction as possible range determinants. Location Global, but predominantly the Southern Hemisphere. Methods We mapped the range of the subfamily Danthonioideae, and used 39,000 locality records and an ensemble modelling approach to define areas with suitable danthonioid habitat. We used a well-sampled, dated phylogeny to estimate the number and direction of historical dispersal events, based on parsimony optimization. We tested for the impact of wind direction on dispersal rate using a likelihood approach, and for the effects of barrier width with a regression approach. Results We found 17 geographically isolated areas with suitable habitats for danthonioids. All currently suitable Southern Hemisphere areas have been occupied, but three apparently suitable areas in the Northern Hemisphere have not. We infer that southern Africa was first occupied in the Oligocene and that dispersal to the other areas was initiated in the middle Miocene. Inferred dispersal rate was correlated with the width of the disjunctions, up to a distance of 5000 km. There was no support for wind direction having influenced differences in dispersal rate. Main conclusions The current range of the Danthonioideae can be predicted ecologically (areas with suitable habitat) and historically (the width of the disjunctions separating the areas with suitable habitat and the area of origin). The direction of dispersal is dictated by the area of origin and by serendipity: there is no evidence for general patterns of dispersal, for example for dispersal occurring more frequently over land than over sea or in an easterly versus a westerly direction around the Southern Hemisphere. Thus the range and range-filling of Danthonioideae can be accounted for by surprisingly few variables: habitat suitability, distance between suitable areas, and area of origin.

    Keywords: Areas of endemism, biogeography, Danthonioideae, dispersal rate, lag time, long-distance dispersal, ocean width, Poaceae, West Wind Drift


  • Randin, C., Paulsen, J., Vitasse, Y., Kollas, C., Wohlgemuth, T., Zimmermann, N., Körner, C.

    Do the elevational limits of deciduous tree species match their thermal latitudinal limits?

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    Keywords: christophe randin, climate equilibrium, correspondence, deciduous trees, elevation, europe, latitude, leading edge, plant, post-glacial history, swiss alps