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Acknowledgments Acknowledging all of the people and institutions who have made the development of this book possible is not an easy task. That is, this book summarizes at least a decade of work by each of seven researchers, each of whom has seen significant support and encouragement from a number of sources. Certainly, then, we thank our home institutions—the University of Kansas; American Museum of Natural History; City University of New York; Instituto de Biolog ía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas, A.C.; Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas of Spain; and Comisión Nacional para el Uso y Conocimiento de la Biodiversidad. Without this firm institutional basis, this book surely would not have come to exist. On a more proximate basis, we thank the following organizations for their support in terms of funding: Microsoft Research (grant to Peterson and Sober ón), Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (grant to support research visit by Peterson to Brazil), the “Rui Nabeiro” Chair of Biodiversity at the University of Évora (Araújo), the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (grant CGL2008-01198-E to Araújo), Proyectos de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica UNAM (grant IN221208 to Martínez-Meyer), the U.S. National Science Foundation (grant DEB 0717357 to Anderson; DEB 0641023 and IPY 0732948 to the American Museum of Natural History), U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NNX09AK19G and NNX09AK20G to the American Museum of Natural History), and U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NA04OAR4700191, NA05SEC4691002 to the American Museum of Natural History). We thank the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) for supporting the series of global training courses (2004–2007) that assembled most of the authors of this book and initiated our discussions. We thank the Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (Brazil) and Landcare Research (New Zealand) for hosting Peterson on research visits during which significant portions of the book were prepared. More personally, we thank numerous colleagues for intriguing discussions and debates that helped to clarify and solidify these ideas. In particular, in this vein, we thank Narayani Barve, Bastian Bentlage, Catherine Graham, Robert Guralnick, Alberto Jiménez-Valverde, Daniel Lew, Jorge Lobo, Sean Maher, x ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Andrés Lira-Noriega, Yoshinori Nakazawa, Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza, Monica Papeş, Steven Phillips, Christopher Raxworthy, Víctor Sánchez-Cordero, Jeet Sukumaran, Volker Bahn, and Dan Warren. Thanks to Robert Holt for detailed reviews of the manuscript, to Terry Dickert for careful and detailed editing of the literature cited, and to Alison Kalett, Stefani Wexler, Dale Cotton , Lauren Lepow, Jason Alejandro, and Jennifer Harris of Princeton University Press for expert assistance with final preparation of the manuscript for publication. Finally, we thank our spouses and families for their kind and gentle patience during the preparation of this book. Ecological Niches and Geographic Distributions ...


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