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Combining mechanism and drift in community ecology: a novel statistical mechanics approach

Bertram, J.; Dewar, R. C.


A key challenge for models of community ecology is to combine deterministic mechanism and stochastic drift in a systematic, transparent and tractable manner. Another challenge is to explain and unify different ecological patterns, hitherto modelled in isolation, within a single modelling framework. Here, we show that statistical mechanics provides an effective way to meet both challenges. We apply the statistical principle of maximum entropy (MaxEnt) to a simple resource-based, non-neutral...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-03
Type: Journal article
Source: Theoretical Ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s12080-015-0259-7
Access Rights: Open Access


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