The case for ecological neutral theory.

  title={The case for ecological neutral theory.},
  author={James L. Rosindell and Stephen P. Hubbell and Fangliang He and Luke J. Harmon and Rampal S. Etienne},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={27 4},
Ecological neutral theory has elicited strong opinions in recent years. Here, we review these opinions and strip away some unfortunate problems with semantics to reveal three major underlying questions. Only one of these relates to neutral theory and the importance of ecological drift, whereas the others involve the link between pattern and process, the tradeoff between simplicity and complexity in modeling, and the role of stochasticity and drift in ecology. We explain how neutral theory… CONTINUE READING
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