Baker et al 2017. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 258-267. DOI: j.tree.2017.01.007
Closer collaboration among ecologists, systematists, and evolutionary biologists working in tropical forests, centred on studies within long-term permanent plots, would be highly beneﬁcial for their respective ﬁelds. With a key unifying theme of the importance of vouchered collection and precise identiﬁcation of species, especially rare ones, we identify four priority areas where improving links between these communities could achieve signiﬁcant progress in biodi- versity and conservation science: (i) increasing the pace of species discovery; (ii) documenting species turnover across space and time; (iii) improving models of ecosystem change; and (iv) understanding the evolutionary assembly of communities and biomes.