Empirical evaluation of neutral theory.

  title={Empirical evaluation of neutral theory.},
  author={Brian J. McGill and Brian A. Maurer and Michael D Weiser},
  volume={87 6},
We describe a general framework for testing neutral theory. We summarize similarities and differences between ten different versions of neutral theory. Two central predictions of neutral theory are that species abundance distributions will follow a zero-sum multinomial distribution and that community composition will change over space due to dispersal limitation. We review all published empirical tests of neutral theory. With the exception of one type of test, all tests fail to support neutral… CONTINUE READING


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