The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography (MPB-32) (Monographs in Population Biology)

The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography (MPB-32) (Monographs in Population Biology)

Stephen P. Hubbell


Despite its perfect significance and the specter of its worldwide crash, biodiversity is still poorly understood either empirically and theoretically. This bold publication offers a brand new, common impartial thought to provide an explanation for the beginning, upkeep, and lack of biodiversity in a biogeographic context.

formerly biogeography (the research of the geographic distribution of species) and biodiversity (the examine of species richness and relative species abundance) have had principally disjunct highbrow histories. during this booklet, Stephen Hubbell develops a proper mathematical conception that unifies those fields. whilst a speciation procedure is integrated into Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson's now classical thought of island biogeography, the generalized thought predicts the life of a common, dimensionless biodiversity quantity. within the conception, this primary biodiversity quantity, including the migration or dispersal price, thoroughly determines the steady-state distribution of species richness and relative species abundance on neighborhood to giant geographic spatial scales and non permanent to evolutionary time scales.

even supposing impartial, Hubbell's idea is however capable of generate many nonobvious, testable, and remarkably exact quantitative predictions approximately biodiversity and biogeography. in lots of methods Hubbell's idea is the ecological analog to the impartial thought of genetic flow in genetics. The unified impartial concept of biogeography and biodiversity should still stimulate examine in new theoretical and empirical instructions by way of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and biogeographers.

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