Spring 2010

NRES 701A:

The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography

summary

Stephen Hubbell’s unified neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography has been one of the most controversial scientific ideas since its publication nearly one decade ago.  Hubbell proposed that adding the process of speciation to MacArthur and Wilson’s theory of island biogeography resulted in a unified theory explaining relative species abundance and diversity.  The aim of this seminar is to examine the philosophy, theoretical grounds, empirical evidence, and evolution of Hubbell’s theory from its formulation until present.

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Instructor:  Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Leger

Time:  Fridays, 10:30 to noon

Location: Fleishman Agriculture (FA) 219

Email:  eleger AT cabnr DOT unr DOT edu

Office location:  Fleishman Agriculture (FA) 130

Office phone:  775.784.7582

Office hours:  by appointment

schedule

1

INTRODUCTION

Organizational meeting

22/01/10

2

PHILOSOPHY

Neutrality and null models

Caswell 1976

Gotelli and Graves 1996

Gotelli and McGill 2006

29/01/10

3

The foundations of the theory

MacArthur and Wilson 1963

Hubbell 2001 (chapter 1)

05/02/10

4

Niche-assembly perspectives

Diamond 1975 (photocopied)

Connor and Simberloff 1979

Belyea and Lancaster 1999

12/02/10

5

Hubbell 2001

MacArthur 1957

MacArthur 1960

19/02/10

6

Other theories of species abundance

26/02/10

7

General reviews

Chave 2004

Alonso et al. 2006

Hu et al. 2006

05/03/10

8

THEORY

On sampling

Alonso and McKane 2004

Etienne and Alonso 2005

12/03/10

10

On the species independence assumption

Pueyo et al. 2007

Volkov et al. 2009

26/03/10

11

On the stochastic patch occupancy approach

Kadmon and Allouche 2007

Allouche and Kadmon 2009

02/04/10

12

On the spatially explicit approach

Rosindell and Cornell 2009

O’Dwyer and Green 2010

09/04/10

13

On the size-structured approach

O’Dwyer et al. 2009

16/04/10

14

On speciation dynamics under neutrality

Etienne et al. 2007

Aguiar et al. 2009

23/04/10

15

SUMMARY

Testing neutral theory

McGill et al. 2006

30/04/10

Recap and possibilities for further extensions

Hubbell 2001 (Chapter 10; book or see me)

Leibold and McPeek 2006

miscellaneous information

Forister 2009

Stokstad 2009

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19/03/10

final syllabus (.pdf)

download all readings (except photocopied chapters; .zip)

download all citations (Endnote library; .enl)

EVIDENCE


Fisher et al. 1943


Preston 1948

Preston 1962

Beeravolu et al. 2009

Daleo et al. 2009