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Individuals and the variation needed for high species diversity in forest trees.

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Clark, JS
Published in: Science (New York, N.Y.)
February 2010

In the past, explanations for high species diversity have been sought at the species level. Theory shows that coexistence requires substantial differences between species, but species-level data rarely provide evidence for such differences. Using data from forests in the southeastern United States, I show here that variation evident at the individual level provides for coexistence of large numbers of competitors. Variation among individuals within populations allows species to differ in their distributions of responses to the environment, despite the fact that the populations to which they belong do not differ, on average. Results are consistent with theory predicting that coexistence depends on competition being stronger within than between species, shown here by analysis of individual-level responses to environmental fluctuation.

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Science (New York, N.Y.)

DOI

EISSN

1095-9203

ISSN

0036-8075

Publication Date

February 2010

Volume

327

Issue

5969

Start / End Page

1129 / 1132

Related Subject Headings

  • Trees
  • Southeastern United States
  • Population Dynamics
  • Nyssa
  • General Science & Technology
  • Environment
  • Ecosystem
  • Computer Simulation
  • Biodiversity
  • Acer
 

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Clark, J. S. (2010). Individuals and the variation needed for high species diversity in forest trees. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5969), 1129–1132. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1183506
Clark, James S. “Individuals and the variation needed for high species diversity in forest trees.Science (New York, N.Y.) 327, no. 5969 (February 2010): 1129–32. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1183506.
Clark JS. Individuals and the variation needed for high species diversity in forest trees. Science (New York, NY). 2010 Feb;327(5969):1129–32.
Clark, James S. “Individuals and the variation needed for high species diversity in forest trees.Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 327, no. 5969, Feb. 2010, pp. 1129–32. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.1183506.
Clark JS. Individuals and the variation needed for high species diversity in forest trees. Science (New York, NY). 2010 Feb;327(5969):1129–1132.
Journal cover image

Published In

Science (New York, N.Y.)

DOI

EISSN

1095-9203

ISSN

0036-8075

Publication Date

February 2010

Volume

327

Issue

5969

Start / End Page

1129 / 1132

Related Subject Headings

  • Trees
  • Southeastern United States
  • Population Dynamics
  • Nyssa
  • General Science & Technology
  • Environment
  • Ecosystem
  • Computer Simulation
  • Biodiversity
  • Acer