Community assembly by limiting similarity vs. competitive hierarchies: testing the consequences of dispersion of individual traits

@inproceedings{Goldberg2014CommunityAB,
  title={Community assembly by limiting similarity vs. competitive hierarchies: testing the consequences of dispersion of individual traits},
  author={D E Goldberg},
  year={2014}
}
1. The degree of dispersion of trait values among species in a community has frequently been used to infer processes of community assembly. However, multiple assembly processes can lead to the same pattern of trait dispersion or the same process can lead to different patterns of dispersion. In particular, competitive processes can lead both to trait overdispersion (if the trait controls niche differentiation and only substantial differences allow coexistence) or to trait underdispersion (if the… CONTINUE READING

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