Scaling in ecosystems and the linkage of macroecological laws

Scaling provides an elegant framework for understanding power-law behavior and deducing relationships between critical exponents. We demonstrate that scaling theory can be generalized to develop a framework for the analysis of diverse empirical macroecological relationships traditionally treated as independent. Our mathematical arguments predict links between the species-area relationship, the relative species abundance and community size spectra in excellent accord with empirical data. © 2007 The American Physical Society.


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Physical Review Letters, 98, 6
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2007
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