Scale and species richness: towards a general, hierarchical theory of species diversity

@article{Whittaker2001ScaleAS,
  title={Scale and species richness: towards a general, hierarchical theory of species diversity},
  author={R. Whittaker and K. Willis and R. Field},
  journal={Journal of Biogeography},
  year={2001},
  volume={28},
  pages={453-470}
}
Aim Current weaknesses of diversity theory include: a failure to distinguish different biogeographical response variables under the general heading of diversity; and a general failure of ecological theory to deal adequately with geographical scale. Our aim is to articulate the case for a top-down approach to theory building, in which scale is addressed explicitly and in which different response variables are clearly distinguished. Location The article draws upon both theoretical contributions… Expand
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