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Research Article

Putting Beta-Diversity on the Map: Broad-Scale Congruence and Coincidence in the Extremes

  • Meghan W McKnight mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: meghan.mcknight@gmail.com

    Affiliation: Curriculum in Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Peter S White,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Robert I McDonald,

    Affiliation: Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • John F Lamoreux,

    Affiliations: IUCN/SSC–CI/CABS Biodiversity Assessment Unit, Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America

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  • Wes Sechrest,

    Affiliation: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Robert S Ridgely,

    Affiliation: World Land Trust–US, Deerfield, New Hampshire, United States of America

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  • Simon N Stuart

    Affiliation: IUCN/SSC–CI/CABS Biodiversity Assessment Unit, Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Published: October 09, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050272

About the Authors

Meghan W McKnight
Curriculum in Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America
Peter S White
Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America
Robert I McDonald
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
John F Lamoreux, Simon N Stuart
IUCN/SSC–CI/CABS Biodiversity Assessment Unit, Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
John F Lamoreux
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America
Wes Sechrest
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
Robert S Ridgely
World Land Trust–US, Deerfield, New Hampshire, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: meghan.mcknight@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

MWM and PSW conceived and designed the study. RIM contributed new analytical tools. MWM, RIM, and JFL analyzed the data. WS, RSR, and SNS were responsible for the collection, organization, and verification of the species range maps. MWM, PSW, and JFL wrote the paper, with extensive input from RIM, WS, RSR, and SNS.