During my career I have conducted research in multiple different subfields of ecology and evolutionary biology or the boundaries between the two, but four different areas contain the majority of my past, present and planned future research: (1) analysis of the development and maintenance of geographic variation, (2) construction of phylogenies, (3) analyses using genetic data in macro-evolutionary or macro-ecological studies, (4) cross taxon simulation and modeling studies dealing with the data quality or underlying assumptions for conclusions in biological studies.
My current project is entitled “Shifting baselines in macro-ecology and macro-evolution”. The goal of this project is to determine to what extent conclusions of macro-scale studies may be biased by the anthropogenic non-homogeneous modifications of the environment. This will be answered through interspecific eco-informatic analyses comparing current patterns in mammals with the patterns based on potential natural distributions.
Faurby S, Svenning JC (In prepp ) Historic and prehistoric human-driven extinctions have reshaped global mammal diversity patterns http://biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2015/04/01/017368.full.pdf
Faurby S, Svenning JC (In Prepp) Resurrection of the island rule – human-driven extinctions have obscured a basic evolutionary pattern
Doughty CE, Faurby S, Svenning JC (Submitted) Did megafauna extinctions affect savanna woody cover in South America? Ecography
Faurby S, Eisenhardt W, Svenning JC (Submitted)Strong Effects of Taxonomic Opinion on Diversification Analyses. Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Faurby S, Barber PH (2015) Extreme population subdivision despite high colonization ability: Contrasting regional patterns in Pacific tidal tardigrades. Journal of Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12500
Faurby S, Svenning JC (2015)A species-level phylogeny for all extant and Late Quaternary extinct mammals using a novel hierarchical Bayesian approach that accounts for topological uncertainty. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 14-26
Sandom C*, Faurby S*, Sandel B, Svenning JC (2014)Global late Quaternary megafauna extinctions linked to humans, not climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 281: 20133254 *Both Authors have contributed equally. The article was highlighted by Science in their Editors Choice (Science 344: 1477-1478)
Faurby S, Barber PH (2012) Theoretical limits to the correlation between pelagic larval duration and population genetic structure. Molecular Ecology 21: 3419-3432 (Impact Factor 2012: 6.275)
Faurby S, Pertoldi C (2012) The consequences of the unlikely but critical assumption of stepwise mutation in the population genetic software, MSVAR. Evolutionary Ecology Research 14: 859-879