Revisiting Pimm et al. 1988

In a paper published in The American Naturalist in 1988, Stuart Pimm, Lee Jones and Jared Diamond explored existing mathematical models and developed theoretical predictions about how risk of extinction would vary between species. Pimm and colleagues then put these predictions to test using a database of annual breeding censuses of birds carried out by … Continue reading Revisiting Pimm et al. 1988

Revisiting Kraft et al. 2008

In 2008, Nathan Kraft, Renato Valencia and David Ackerly published a paper in Science providing field evidence that suggested that niche-based processes structured the plant community in an Amazonian forest. Kraft et al.'s study  came at a time when there was a debate raging in the ecological community about the importance of niche vs. neutral processes … Continue reading Revisiting Kraft et al. 2008

Revisiting Schluter and McPhail 1992

In 1992, Dolph Schluter and Don McPhail published a paper in The American Naturalist in which they provide evidence for ecological character displacement among species of stickleback fish that live in the lakes of coastal British Columbia. In the paper, Schluter and McPhail also provide a conceptual framework in the form of six criteria that need … Continue reading Revisiting Schluter and McPhail 1992