Age structure in neutral theory resolves inconsistencies related to reproductive size threshold

J. Rosindell, P.A. Jansen, R.S. Etienne

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Abstract

Neutral theory consists of a suite of models that assume ecological equivalence among individual organisms. They have been most commonly applied to tropical forest tree communities either as null models or as approximations. Neutral models typically only include reproductive adults; therefore, fitting to empirical tree community data requires defining a reproductive-size threshold, which for trees is usually set arbitrarily to a diameter at breast height (DBH) of 100 mm. The inevitable exclusion of some reproductive adults and inclusion of some saplings cause a non-random sampling bias in neutral model fits. Here, we investigate this problem and resolve it by introducing simple age structure into a neutral model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-71
JournalJournal of Plant Ecology
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • species-area relationships
  • biodiversity
  • speciation
  • model
  • biogeography
  • limitation
  • dispersal
  • diversity
  • abundance
  • forests

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