Analyzing tropical forest tree species abundance distributions using a nonneutral model and through approximate Bayesian inference.

@article{Jabot2011AnalyzingTF,
  title={Analyzing tropical forest tree species abundance distributions using a nonneutral model and through approximate Bayesian inference.},
  author={Franck Jabot and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Chave},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2011},
  volume={178 2},
  pages={E37-47}
}
The neutral theory of biodiversity challenges the classical niche-based view of ecological communities, where species attributes and environmental conditions jointly determine community composition. Functional equivalence among species, as assumed by neutral ecological theory, has been recurrently falsified, yet many patterns of tropical tree communities appear consistent with neutral predictions. This may mean that neutral theory is a good first-approximation theory or that species abundance… CONTINUE READING