Why Are There More Species Packed In Some Places Than Others, And Why Does It Matter?
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Floeter is a marine biologist at the Ecology and Zoology Department of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, SC, Brazil.

                       

Why Are There More Species Packed In Some Places Than Others, And Why Does It Matter?

THE QUESTION Biodiversity  – the richness of species found at a given location – is critical to maintaining ecological processes and the benefits provided to humans by natural ecosystems. It is, therefore, extremely important to understand what causes biodiversity to vary in space and time. A century-old quest in this line of inquiry is to explain why some places pack so much more species per unit area than others. Researchers have long proposed that the richness of species at a...

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