From computer operating systems to biodiversity: co-emergence of ecological and evolutionary patterns.
In April this year a postdoctoral workshop of members of the two European synthesis centres, CESAB and sDiv met at CESAB. A sub-group assembled around an intriguing challenge put forward by Petr Keil from sDiv: whether computer operating systems (in this case Linux) could be a useful tool to help explain temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity (and maybe even vice versa).
Qualitatively things looked good, but the real test was whether this was the case when quantitative data were used. And indeed it did, with some interesting results. They have just submitted an article that you can view on PeerJ Pre-print.
(2016) From computer operating systems to biodiversity: co-emergence of ecological and evolutionary patterns. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2367v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2367v1
Check the paper out and please comment! Your comments will improve it and no doubt speed it through to publication!