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Patterns In Nature: The Analysis of Species Co-Occurrences

James G. Sanderson and Stuart L. Pimm


This book is about the identification and interpretation of nature’s large-scale patterns of species co-occurrence and what we can deduce from them about how nature works. We present Diamond’s assembly rules. He suggested that similar species avoid each other, choosing different islands or, on large islands, different elevations within an island, for no better explanation than to avoid each other. Diamond concentrated on birds in two island groups off New Guinea—the Solomons and the Bismarcks. Diamond’s ideaswere vigorously challenged by those who suggested the patterns were simply chance occu ... More

Keywords: birds, community ecology, co-occurrence, island, null model, pattern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226292724
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226292861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James G. Sanderson, author
Duke University

Stuart L. Pimm, author