A test of the unified neutral theory of biodiversity

@article{McGill2003ATO,
  title={A test of the unified neutral theory of biodiversity},
  author={Brian J. McGill},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={422},
  pages={881-885}
}
  • B. McGill
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine, Mathematics
  • Nature
One of the fundamental questions of ecology is what controls biodiversity. Recent theory suggests that biodiversity is controlled predominantly by neutral drift of species abundances. This theory has generated considerable controversy, because it claims that many mechanisms that have long been studied by ecologists (such as niches) have little involvement in structuring communities. The theory predicts that the species abundance distribution within a community should follow a zero-sum… Expand
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