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Author Shipley, Bill, 1960-

Title From plant traits to vegetation structure : chance and selection in the assembly of ecological communities / Bill Shipley
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xi, 277 pages) : illustrations
Contents Playing with loaded dice -- Population-based models of community assembly -- Trait-based community ecology -- Modeling trait-based environmental filters: Bayesian statistics, information theory and the maximum entropy formalism -- Community dynamics, natural selection and the origin of community-aggregated traits -- Community assembly during a Mediterranean succession -- The statistical mechanics of species abundance distributions -- Epilogue: traits are not enough
Summary "Plant community ecology has traditionally taken a taxonomical approach based on population dynamics. This book contrasts such an approach with a trait-based approach. After reviewing these two approaches, it then explains how models based on the Maximum Entropy Formalism can be used to predict the relative abundance of different species from a potential species pool. Following this it shows how the trait constraints, upon which the model is based, are necessary consequences of natural selection and population dynamics. The final sections of the book extend the discussion to macroecological patterns of species abundance and concludes with some outstanding unresolved questions."--Balogh International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Plant ecology.
Plant communities -- Mathematical models
Vegetation classification.
Vegetation surveys.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Botany.
Plant communities -- Mathematical models
Plant ecology
Vegetation classification
Vegetation surveys
Mathematisches Modell
Genre/Form Botanical surveys
Botanical surveys.
Inventaires floristiques.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511656859