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- CoMPLEX will be at the Graduate Open Day of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences on 24 January 2014
A new publication by PhD student Nicolas Jaccard
The paradox of biodiversity: How can there be so many similar species?
David Murrell, UCL, Tuesday January 27 , Location: MRC-LMCB, Time: 16.30
What are the processes that maintain the remarkable biodiversity found in diverse ecosystems such as tropical rain forest or European grasslands? For taxonomic groups such as plants there
appears to be little room for differentiation since all species require
the same few nutrients, water and light, and the question remains why these ecosystems are not dominated by only a very few species. After asking why this question matters I shall use mathematical models to provide some hypotheses for mechanisms that might maintain large communities of species, and discuss tests of this theory using large individual-based datasets for 2 different rain forests.
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