Productivity, niche availability, species richness and extinction risk: Untangling relationships using individual-based simulations

Euan Furness, Russell Garwood, Philip Mannion & Mark Sutton
It has been widely hypothesised that the productivity of an ecosystem affects the number of species that it can support. Despite decades of study, the nature, extent, and underlying mechanisms of this relationship are unclear. One suggested mechanism is the “more individuals” hypothesis (MIH). This proposes that productivity controls the number of individuals in the ecosystem, and that more individuals can be divided into a greater number of species before their population size is sufficiently...
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