Weekly reading: more on maximum likelihood and ancestral geographic ranges – lagrange
Last week’s paper by Ree et al. (2005) introduced concepts and methods towards a likelihood framework for event-based historical biogeography (sensu Ronquist 1997). Area cladograms are no longer a central objective, and the assumptions of Ronquist’s (1997) parsimony-weighted model regarding absolute and relative rates of dispersal versus extinction in ancestral areas are exposed. This week’s reading is a direct follow-up which also introduces the software package lagrange: Ree, R.H. & S.A. Smith. 2008. Maximum likelihood inference of geographic range evolution by dispersal, local extinction, and cladogenesis. Systematic Biology 57: 4-14. Available here.