New Study Dismisses The Neutral Theory Of Biodiversity

by | May 27, 2014 | Conservation, Corals, Science | 0 comments


The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has released a ground breaking study today. The study’s finding dismiss the long standing Neutral Theory of Biodiversity by using a ‘novel mathematical method’. The study looks at 14 different marine ecosystems sampled from over 1185 different locations around the World. The mathematical theory used identified ‘common predictions of the model’ that were then tested throughout the different locations used. Professor Sean Connolly of ARC Centre of Excellence states “The aim of neutral theory is to explain diversity and the relative abundances of species within ecosystems. However, the theory has an important flaw: it fails to capture how important the highly abundant species that dominate marine communities are.”  While the neutral theory focuses on random occurrences, this new study implies that random or chance is not explanation enough, rather the importance is on the unique qualities each species brings to the table. Hopefully the findings of the study can help aid in conservation efforts.

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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