Simulating species assemblages and evaluating species richness estimators
Conservation efforts have long emphasized protecting biologically diverse areas. Species richness, the number of species in a defined area, is the most frequently used biodiversity measure and it can be used for selecting amongst different areas and for studying process effects over time. Despite its intuitive appeal and conceptual simplicity, species richness is often difficult to quantify, even in well-surveyed areas, because of sampling limitations such as survey effort and species detection probability. This has led to the development of numerous species richness estimators. Nonparametric ...