Community Composition and Diversity

  • M. Henry H. Stevens
Part of the Use R! book series (USE R)


It seems easy, or at least tractable, to compare the abundance of a single species in two samples. In this chapter, we introduce concepts that ecologists use to compare entire communities in two samples. We focus on two quantities: species composition, and diversity. We also discuss several issues related to this, including species–abundance distributions, ecological neutral theory, diversity partitioning, and species–area relations. Several packages in R include functions for dealing specifically with these topics.


Community Composition Neutral Theory Immigration Rate Abundance Distribution Vegan Package 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA

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