Can we tell how a community was constructed? A comparison of five evenness indices for their ability to identify theoretical models of community construction.

@article{Mouillot2002CanWT,
  title={Can we tell how a community was constructed? A comparison of five evenness indices for their ability to identify theoretical models of community construction.},
  author={David Mouillot and J. Bastow Wilson},
  journal={Theoretical population biology},
  year={2002},
  volume={61 2},
  pages={141-51}
}
Evenness indices provide a simple measure of community structure. It might therefore be possible to use them to identify the process by which a community has been assembled. To test whether this is practicable, we constructed simulated community samples using five stochastic models of community construction, proposed by Tokeshi. We then examined the ability of five evenness indices to identify the model under which the community samples were produced. Each model produced samples with a range of… CONTINUE READING

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