How Do Communities Come Together?

@article{Gotelli1999HowDC,
  title={How Do Communities Come Together?},
  author={Nicholas J. Gotelli},
  journal={Science},
  year={1999},
  volume={286},
  pages={1684 - 1685}
}
  • N. Gotelli
  • Published 26 November 1999
  • Sociology
  • Science
Ecological Assembly Rules Perspectives, advances, retreats. Evan Weiher and Paul Keddy, Eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999. 430 pp. $90, £55. ISBN 0-521-65235-9. Although it fails to present any major breakthroughs or new syntheses, this collection of articles does a good job demonstrating the increasingly sophisticated use of null models to test assembly patterns of community ecology. 
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