Neutral Community Theory: How Stochasticity and Dispersal-Limitation Can Explain Species Coexistence

R.S. Etienne, D. Alonso

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-510
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Volume128
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • abundance patterns
  • relative abundance
  • sampling theory
  • tropical forests
  • spatial models
  • beta-diversity
  • null model
  • food webs
  • population
  • ecology

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