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Spatial scale resolves the niche versus neutral theory debate
- Chase, Jonathan M.
- Journal of vegetation science 2014 v.25 no.2 pp. 319-322
- ecology, forests, islands, trees, Panama
- The 50‐ha long‐term forest plot on Barro Colorado Island in Panama was ‘ground zero’ for the development of ecology's ‘neutral theory’ and comparisons with its ‘niche theory’ counterpart. In this issue, Garzon‐Lopez and colleagues used tree distributions at this site to recast the unresolved (and unresolvable) debate to show that observational scale drives the perception of which processes predominate.