Featured research

Below you'll find a selection of the most recent peer-reviewed articles to make use of GBIF-mediated data. Such research examples appear regularly, for instance, in the monthly slide updates and in the annual Science Review

GBIF's literature tracking programme maintains a bibliography dating back to 2008 comprising peer-reviewed articles that data from the GBIF network makes possible. These citations are available throughout GBIF.org, both collectively and on the 'Publications' tab of country pages, as well as through a public Mendeley group

Latest update: Featured papers, March-July 2016

Invasive alien species

  • Open Access Bellard C, Leroy B, Thuiller W, Rysman JF & Courchamp F (2016) Major drivers of invasion risks throughout the world. Ecosphere 7(3). doi:10.1002/ecs2.1241 Author countries: France, United Kingdom
  • Open Access Gallien L, Thuiller W, Fort N, et al. (2016) Is there any evidence for rapid, genetically-based, climatic niche expansion in the invasive common ragweed? PLoS ONE 11(4): e0152867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152867. Author country: France
  • Luizza MW, Evangelista PH, Jarnevich CS, West A & Stewart H (2016) Integrating subsistence practice and species distribution modeling: assessing invasive elodea’s potential impact on Native Alaskan subsistence of Chinook salmon and whitefish. Environmental Management 58(1): 144–163. doi:10.1007/s00267-016-0692-4. Author country: United States
  • see all papers on invasive alien species

Impacts of climate change

  • Open Access Biber-Freudenberger L, Ziemacki J, Tonnang HEZ & Borgemeister C (2016) Future risks of pest species under changing climatic conditions. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153237. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153237. Author countries: Germany, Kenya
  • Frishkoff LO, Karp DS, Flanders JR et al. (2016) Climate change and habitat conversion favour the same species. Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.12645. Author countries: United States, Sweden, Canada
  • Open Access Harsch MA & HilleRisLambers J (2016) Climate Warming and Seasonal Precipitation Change Interact to Limit Species Distribution Shifts across Western North America. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159184. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159184. Author countries: United States
  • Wauchope HS, Shaw JD, Varpe Ø et al. (2016) Rapid climate-driven loss of breeding habitat for Arctic migratory birds. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13404. Author countries: Australia, Norway, Russian Federation, Denmark, United States
  • Zhang J, Nielsen SE, Chen Y, et al. (2016) Extinction risk of North American seed plants elevated by climate and land-use change. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12701 Author countries: Canada, France, Denmark
  • see all papers on the impacts of climate change

Species conservation and protected areas

  • Butterfield BJ, Copeland SM, Munson SM, Roybal CM & Wood TE (2016) Prestoration: using species in restoration that will persist now and into the future. Restoration Ecology. doi:10.1111/rec.12381. Author country: United States
  • Mendoza-González G, Martínez ML, Rojas-Soto O, Téllez-Valdés O, Arias-Del Razo I (2016) Priority areas for conservation of beach and dune vegetation of the Mexican Atlantic coast. Journal for Nature Conservation 33: 25-34. doi:10.1016/j.jnc.2016.04.007. Author countries: Mexico, United States
  • Open Access Ostrowski M-F, Prosperi J-M & David J (2016) Potential implications of climate change on Aegilops species distribution: sympatry of these crop wild relatives with the major European crop Triticum aestivum and conservation issues. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153974. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153974. Author country: France
  • Peterson AT & Navarro-Sigüenza AG (2016) Bird conservation and biodiversity research in Mexico: status and priorities. Journal of Field Ornithology 87(2): 121-132. doi:10.1111/jofo.12146. Author countries: United States, Mexico
  • Tolley KA, Alexander GJ, Branch WR, Bowles P & Maritz B (2016) Conservation status and threats for African reptiles. Biological Conservation. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.006. Author countries: South Africa, United States
  • see all papers on species conservation and protected areas

Biodiversity and human health

  • Open Access Alimi TO, Fuller DO, Herrera SV et al. (2016) A multi-criteria decision analysis approach to assessing malaria risk in northern South America. BMC Public Health 16: 221. doi:10.1186/s12889-016-2902-7. Author countries: United States, Colombia
  • Open Access Escobar LE, Qiao H & Peterson AT (2016) Forecasting Chikungunya spread in the Americas via data-driven empirical approaches. Parasites & Vectors 9(1): 112. doi:10.1186/s13071-016-1403-y Author countries: United States, China
  • Open Access Moyes CL, Shearer FM, Huang Z et al. (2016) Predicting the geographical distributions of the macaque hosts and mosquito vectors of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in forested and non-forested areas. Parasites & Vectors 9: 242. doi:10.1186/s13071-016-1527-0. Author countries: United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Kenya, Australia, United States, Indonesia
  • Pech-May A, Peraza-Herrera G, Moo-Llanes DA et al. (2016) Assessing the importance of four sandfly species (Diptera: Psychodidae) as vectors of Leishmania mexicana in Campeche, Mexico. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 30(3): 310-320 doi:10.1111/mve.12169. Author countries: Argentina, Mexico
  • Open Access Pigott DM, Millear AI, Earl L et al. (2016) Updates to the zoonotic niche map of Ebola virus disease in Africa. eLife 5:e16412. doi:10.7554/eLife.16412. Author countries: United Kingdom, United States, Australia
  • Redding DW, Moses LM, Cunningham AA, Wood J & Jones KE (2016) Environmental-mechanistic modelling of the impact of global change on human zoonotic disease emergence: a case study of Lassa fever. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 646–655. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12549 Author countries: United Kingdom, United States
  • see all papers on biodiversity and human health

Food, farming and biofuels

Ecosystem services

  • Nogué S, Long PR, Eycott AE et al. (2016) Pollination service delivery for European crops: Challenges and opportunities. Ecological Economics 128: 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.03.023. Author countries: United Kingdom, Norway, Spain
  • Roger N, Moerman R, Carvalheiro LG et al. (2016) Impact of pollen resources drift on common bumble bees in NW Europe. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13373. Author countries: Belgium, Brazil, Portugal, Netherlands
  • see all papers on ecosystem services

Advancing biodiversity sciences

  • André T, Salzman S, Wendt T & Specht C (2016) Speciation dynamics and biogeography of Neotropical spiral gingers (Costaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 103: 55-63. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.07.008. Author countries: United States, Brazil
  • Ballesteros-Mejia L, Kitching IJ, Jetz W & Beck J (2016) Putting insects on the map: Near-global variation in sphingid moth richness along spatial and environmental gradients. Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.02438. Author countries: Brazil, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland
  • Brock JMR, Perry GLW, Lee WG & Burns BR (2016) Tree fern ecology in New Zealand: A model for southern temperate rainforests. Forest Ecology and Management 375: 112-126. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2016.05.030. Author country: New Zealand
  • Fournier AMV, Sullivan AR, Bump JK, Perkins M, Shieldcastle MC & King SL (2016) Combining citizen science species distribution models and stable isotopes reveals migratory connectivity in the secretive Virginia rail. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12723. Author countries:
  • Gueta T & Carmel Y (2016) Quantifying the value of user-level data cleaning for big data: A case study using mammal distribution models. Ecological Informatics 34: 139-145. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2016.06.001. Author country: Israel
  • Jiménez-Alfaro B, García-Calvo L, García P & Acebes JL (2016) Anticipating extinctions of glacial relict populations in mountain refugia. Biological Conservation 201: 243-251. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.07.015. Author countries: Czech Republic, Spain
  • Keppel G, Gillespie TW, Ormerod P & Fricker GA (2016) Habitat diversity predicts orchid diversity in the tropical south-west Pacific. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.12805. Author countries: Australia, United States
  • Open Access Koski MH & Ashman T-L (2016) Macroevolutionary patterns of ultraviolet floral pigmentation explained by geography and associated bioclimatic factors. The New Phytologist 211(2): 708-718. doi:10.1111/nph.13921 Author country: United States
  • Leach K, Montgomery WI & Reid N (2016) Modelling the influence of biotic factors on species distribution patterns. Ecological Modelling 337: 96-106. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.06.008. Author countries: United Kingdom
  • Lee-Yaw JA, Kharouba HM, Bontrager M et al. (2016) A synthesis of transplant experiments and ecological niche models suggests that range limits are often niche limits. Ecology Letters 19(6): 710-722. doi:10.1111/ele.12604. Author countries: Canada, Switzerland, United States, Ireland
  • Meiri S (2016) Small, rare and trendy: traits and biogeography of lizards described in the 21st century. Journal of Zoology. doi:10.1111/jzo.12356. Author country: Israel
  • Meyer C, Jetz W, Guralnick RP, Fritz SA & Kreft H (2016) Range geometry and socio-economics dominate species-level biases in occurrence information. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi:10.1111/geb.12483. Author countries: Germany, United Kingdom, United States
  • Nylinder S, Razafimandimbison SG & Anderberg AA (2016) From the Namib around the world: biogeography of the Inuleae–Plucheinae (Asteraceae). Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.12764. Author country: Sweden
  • Open Access Rabosky ARD, Cox CJ, Rabosky DL et al. (2016) Coral snakes predict the evolution of mimicry across New World snakes. Nature Communications 7: 11484. doi:10.1038/ncomms11484. Author countries: United States, Israel
  • Salas-Lopez A, Talaga S & Lalagüe H (2016) The discovery of devil's gardens: an ant–plant mutualism in the cloud forests of the Eastern Amazon. Journal of Tropical Ecology 32(3): 264-268. doi:10.1017/S0266467416000195. Author countries: France
  • Spalink D, Drew BT, Pace MC et al. (2016) Biogeography of the cosmopolitan sedges (Cyperaceae) and the area-richness correlation in plants. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.12802 Author countries: United States, Canada
  • Open Access Smith BE, Johnston MK & Lücking R. (2016) From GenBank to GBIF: Phylogeny-Based Predictive Niche Modeling Tests Accuracy of Taxonomic Identifications in Large Occurrence Data Repositories. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151232. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151232. Author countries: United States, Germany
  • Open Access Stropp J, Ladle RJ, Malhado ACM et al. (2016) Mapping ignorance: 300 years of collecting flowering plants in Africa. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi:10.1111/geb.12468. Author countries: Italy; Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium
  • Open Access ter Steege H, Vaessen RW, Cárdenas-López D et al. (2016) The discovery of the Amazonian tree flora with an updated checklist of all known tree taxa. Scientific Reports 6: 29549. doi:10.1038/srep29549. Author countries: Netherlands, Colombia, France, Sweden, United States, Brazil
  • Trumbo DR, Epstein B, Hohenlohe PA, Alford RA, Schwarzkopf L & Storfer A (2016) Mixed population genomics support for the central marginal hypothesis across the invasive range of the cane toad (Rhinella marina) in Australia. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.13754. Author countries: United States, Australia

Data management

Data papers

  • Open Access Rekadwad BN & Khobragade CN (2016) Digital data for quick response (QR) codes of alkalophilic Bacillus pumilus to identify and to compare bacilli isolated from Lonar Crator Lake, India. Data in Brief 7: 1306-1313. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2016.03.103. Author country: India
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