Title

Subsidized Island Biogeography Hypothesis: another new twist on an old theory

Abstract

We present a new hypothesis for predicting and describing patterns of species diversity on small islands and habitat fragments. We have modified the traditional island biogeography equilibrium theory to incorporate the influence of spatial subsidies from the surrounding matrix, which vary among islands and habitat fragments, on species diversities. The modification indicates three possible directions for the effects of spatial subsidies on diversity, which depend on where the focal community falls on the hypothesized unimodal curve of the productivity–diversity relationship. The idea is novel because no recent syntheses of productivity–diversity–area relationships examine the role of allochthonous resources on recipient communities’ diversity patterns.

Department(s)

Biology

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1461-0248.2001.00226.x

Keywords

diversity, island biogeography, productivity, spatial subsidies, species richness

Publication Date

2001

Recommended Citation

Anderson, W. B., and D. A. Wait. "Subsidized island biogeography hypothesis: another new twist on an old theory." Ecology Letters 4, no. 4 (2001): 289-291.

Journal Title

Ecology Letters

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