Ecological food webs: high-quality data facilitate theoretical unification.

@article{Brown2003EcologicalFW,
  title={Ecological food webs: high-quality data facilitate theoretical unification.},
  author={James H. Brown and James F Gillooly},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2003},
  volume={100 4},
  pages={
          1467-8
        }
}
D espite the enormous diversity and complexity of ecological systems, when data for many individuals of many different species are analyzed, there are emergent regularities in the statistical distributions of numerical abundance, spatial dispersion, trophic relations, and species richness, and in bivariate and multivariate relationships among these variables (e.g., refs. 1–3). These empirical macroecological patterns have been known for many decades, but now ecology is beginning to understand… CONTINUE READING

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