Hubbell's local abundance distribution: insights from a simple colonization rule


  • John Conlisk,

  • Erin Conlisk,

  • John Harte

J. Conlisk (, 6045 Charae St, San Diego, CA 92122, USA. – E. Conlisk, Pesticide Research Inst., 4450 Fourth Street, Riverside, CA 92501, USA. – J. Harte, Energy and Resources Group, Univ. of California at Berkeley, 310 Barrows Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.


A simple colonization rule yields Hubbell's local abundance distribution with less math, more intuition, and weaker assumptions.