Surrogate taxa and fossils as reliable proxies of spatial biodiversity patterns in marine benthic communities

  Recent study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.2839. Funding from the National Science Foundation helped support this research, which was featured in an article by the University of Florida. To assess marine community response to environmental and anthropogenic change, we must understand spatial heterogeneity in present-day and preindustrial ecosystems. As previous studies predominantly utilize single…