Neutral theory and the evolution of ecological equivalence.

  title={Neutral theory and the evolution of ecological equivalence.},
  author={Stephen P. Hubbell},
  volume={87 6},
  • S. Hubbell
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology
Since the publication of the unified neutral theory in 2001, there has been much discussion of the theory, pro and con. The hypothesis of ecological equivalence is the fundamental yet controversial idea behind neutral theory. Assuming trophically similar species are demographically alike (symmetric) on a per capita basis is only an approximation, but it is equivalent to asking: How many of the patterns of ecological communities are the result of species similarities, rather than of species… 

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