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The intermediate disturbance hypothesis should be abandoned

Overview of attention for article published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, February 2013
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Title
The intermediate disturbance hypothesis should be abandoned
Published in
Trends in Ecology & Evolution, February 2013
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2012.08.014
Pubmed ID
Authors

Jeremy W. Fox

Abstract

A leading idea about how disturbances and other environmental fluctuations affect species diversity is the intermediate disturbance hypothesis (IDH). The IDH states that diversity of competing species is, or should be expected to be, maximized at intermediate frequencies and/or intensities of disturbance or environmental change. I argue that the IDH has been refuted on both empirical and theoretical grounds, and so should be abandoned. Empirical studies only rarely find the predicted humped diversity-disturbance relationship. Theoretically, the three major mechanisms thought to produce humped diversity-disturbance relationships are logically invalid and do not actually predict what they are thought to predict. Disturbances and other environmental fluctuations can affect diversity, but for different reasons than are commonly recognized.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 52 3%
Brazil 35 2%
Canada 11 <1%
United Kingdom 9 <1%
Spain 7 <1%
Switzerland 6 <1%
Germany 6 <1%
France 4 <1%
Australia 4 <1%
Other 49 3%
Unknown 1670 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 452 24%
Student > Master 324 17%
Researcher 300 16%
Student > Bachelor 211 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 105 6%
Other 299 16%
Unknown 162 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 959 52%
Environmental Science 480 26%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 63 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 35 2%
Social Sciences 16 <1%
Other 54 3%
Unknown 246 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 66. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 April 2021.
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#488,696
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Outputs from Trends in Ecology & Evolution
#303
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#2,540
of 153,242 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Trends in Ecology & Evolution
#3
of 26 outputs
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