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The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography (MPB-32).

Author/Creator:
Hubbell, Stephen P.
Publication:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2001.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (278 pages)
Series:
Monographs in Population Biology Ser.
Monographs in Population Biology Ser. ; v.32
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Subjects:
Biodiversity.
Biogeography.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Despite its supreme importance and the threat of its global crash, biodiversity remains poorly understood both empirically and theoretically. This ambitious book presents a new, general neutral theory to explain the origin, maintenance, and loss of biodiversity in a biogeographic context. Until now biogeography (the study of the geographic distribution of species) and biodiversity (the study of species richness and relative species abundance) have had largely disjunct intellectual histories. In this book, Stephen Hubbell develops a formal mathematical theory that unifies these two fields. When a speciation process is incorporated into Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson's now classical theory of island biogeography, the generalized theory predicts the existence of a universal, dimensionless biodiversity number. In the theory, this fundamental biodiversity number, together with the migration or dispersal rate, completely determines the steady-state distribution of species richness and relative species abundance on local to large geographic spatial scales and short-term to evolutionary time scales. Although neutral, Hubbell's theory is nevertheless able to generate many nonobvious, testable, and remarkably accurate quantitative predictions about biodiversity and biogeography. In many ways Hubbell's theory is the ecological analog to the neutral theory of genetic drift in genetics. The unified neutral theory of biogeography and biodiversity should stimulate research in new theoretical and empirical directions by ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and biogeographers.
Contents:
Cover
Half title
Title
Copyright
Dedication
Contents
Preface
1. MacArthur and Wilson's Radical Theory
2. On Current Theories of Relative Species Abundance
3. Dynamical Models of the Relative Abundance of Species
4. Local Community Dynamics under Ecological Drift
5. Metacommunity Dynamics and the Unified Theory
6. The Unified Neutral Theory and Dynamical Species-Area Relationships
7. Metapopulations and Biodiversity on the Metacommunity Landscape
8. Speciation, Phylogeny, and the Evolution of Metacommunity Biodiversity
9. Sampling, Parameter Estimation, and the Generality of the Unified Theory
10. Reconciling Dispersal-Assembly and Niche-Assembly Theories
Literature Cited
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Hubbell, Stephen P. P.
Other format:
Print version: Hubbell, Stephen P. The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography (MPB-32)
ISBN:
9781400837526
9780691021287
OCLC:
730151797