Neutral community theory: How stochasticity and dispersal-limitation can explain species coexistence

Rampal S. Etienne*, David Alonso

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Neutral community theory explains biodiversity, i.e. the coexistence of several species, as the result of a stochastic balance between immigration and extinction on a local level, and between speciation and extinction on a regional level. The most popular model, presented by Hubbell in 2001, has seen many analytical developments in recent years, which can be used in model analysis, model testing and model comparison. We review these developments here, and present alternative derivations and shine previously unnoticed lights on them.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)485-510
Aantal pagina's26
TijdschriftJournal of Statistical Physics
Nummer van het tijdschrift1-2
StatusPublished - jul.-2007
EvenementWorkshop on Applications of Methods of Stochastic Systems and Statistical Physics in Biology - , India
Duur: 28-okt.-200530-okt.-2005

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