A long-standing goal in ecology is to develop models that are simple enough to provide testable predictions but complex enough to capture some of the vagaries of nature. To this end, our new paper, led by Sharon Bewick, derives mathematical results describing the dynamics of a stochastic model with overlapping niche structure. Previous models of this kind have been restricted to non-overlapping niche structures. This paper had its genesis in workshops at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, when Sharon, Erol Akçay and Will Godsoe were post-docs there in 2010 and 2011.
Bewick, S., R. A. Chisholm, E. Akçay & W. Godsoe (2014) A stochastic biodiversity model with overlapping niche structure, in press. Theoretical Ecology.