Wagner: a simple model to study speciation patternsTweet
This paper describes a very simple model to generate phylogeographies under allopatric/parapatric speciation. The C++11 code is on github: github.com/PhDP/wagner.
I have a love/hate relationship with this model. I love it as an algorithm: it's an elegant way to get a speciation-like behavior in space. I hate it because I increasingly doubt this kind of very simplistic 'bottom-up' model can bring much ecological insights.
I named this model Wagner in honor of Moritz Wagner, one of the first scientist to argue for the importance of geographic isolation in speciation.