A spatially explicit neutral model for community development.

The new features of CAPS (version 3) are:

  • Simulation of community establishment on islands of various size and distance
  • Abundance distribution of static mainland metacommunity
  • Additional data files pfor simulation summary
  • Complex disturbance regimes defined



CAPS publication– CAPS2002.pdf



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Example input/output files:

Input scripts, example output –



Gardner, R. H., Forester, J. D. and Plotnick, R. E., 2007. Determining pattern-process relationships in heterogeneous landscapes. In: Wu, J. and Hobbs, R. J. (Eds.), Key Topics and Perspectives in Landscape Ecology. Cambridge University Press, pp 92-114.

Gardner, R. H., and K. A. M. Engelhardt. 2008. Spatial processes that maintain biodiversity in plant communities. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 9: 211-228. (abstract)

Plotnick, R. E., and R. H. Gardner. 2002. A general model for simulating the effects of landscape heterogeneity and disturbance on community patterns. Ecological Modelling, 147: 171-197. (abstract)


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