Stochastic Communities: A Mathematical Theory of Biodiversity

1st Edition

A. K. Dewdney

CRC Press
Published May 2, 2017
Reference - 194 Pages - 1 Color & 42 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138197022 - CAT# K31233

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Summary

Stochastic Communities presents a theory of biodiversity by analyzing the distribution of abundances among species in the context of a community. The basis of this theory is a distribution called the "J distribution." This distribution is a pure hyperbola and mathematically implied by the "stochastic species hypothesis" assigning equal probabilities of birth and death within the population of each species over varying periods of time. The J distribution in natural communities has strong empirical support resulting from a meta-study and strong theoretical support from a theorem that is mathematically implied by the stochastic species hypothesis.

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