Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity’.
The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.
Professor Sean Connolly from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University (JCU) is the lead author of the international study, which he says overturns the long-used theory by employing a novel mathematical method. It is the largest study of its kind, covering a broad range of marine ecosystems on Earth.
“The study has important implications for how marine conservation areas are managed,” Professor Connolly says.