Ecological networks

Ecological networks are representations of the interactions that occur between species within a community. The interactions include competition, mutualism and predation, and network properties of particular interest include stability and structure.

Latest Research and Reviews

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    Observations of feeding interactions show that warming simplifies the structure of food webs in stream ecosystems. Simulations show that consumer diversity and changes in abundance drive this simplification and can reduce ecosystem stability.

    • Eoin J. O’Gorman
    • , Owen L. Petchey
    • , Katy J. Faulkner
    • , Bruno Gallo
    • , Timothy A. C. Gordon
    • , Joana Neto-Cerejeira
    • , Jón S. Ólafsson
    • , Doris E. Pichler
    • , Murray S. A. Thompson
    •  & Guy Woodward
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    Habitat loss could affect ecological communities in variable ways depending on its structure. Here, the authors show that contiguous rather than random loss is more damaging to the stability of multitrophic communities, regardless of the fraction of mutualistic interactions within the community.

    • Chris McWilliams
    • , Miguel Lurgi
    • , Jose M. Montoya
    • , Alix Sauve
    •  & Daniel Montoya
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    Analysing a database of >200,000 feeding links between >5,000 species in terrestrial and aquatic food webs, the authors show that specific trait combinations can be used to predict which predator species are characterized by high body-mass ratio interactions with their prey.

    • Ulrich Brose
    • , Phillippe Archambault
    • , Andrew D. Barnes
    • , Louis-Felix Bersier
    • , Thomas Boy
    • , João Canning-Clode
    • , Erminia Conti
    • , Marta Dias
    • , Christoph Digel
    • , Awantha Dissanayake
    • , Augusto A. V. Flores
    • , Katarina Fussmann
    • , Benoit Gauzens
    • , Clare Gray
    • , Johanna Häussler
    • , Myriam R. Hirt
    • , Ute Jacob
    • , Malte Jochum
    • , Sonia Kéfi
    • , Orla McLaughlin
    • , Muriel M. MacPherson
    • , Ellen Latz
    • , Katrin Layer-Dobra
    • , Pierre Legagneux
    • , Yuanheng Li
    • , Carolina Madeira
    • , Neo D. Martinez
    • , Vanessa Mendonça
    • , Christian Mulder
    • , Sergio A. Navarrete
    • , Eoin J. O’Gorman
    • , David Ott
    • , José Paula
    • , Daniel Perkins
    • , Denise Piechnik
    • , Ivan Pokrovsky
    • , David Raffaelli
    • , Björn C. Rall
    • , Benjamin Rosenbaum
    • , Remo Ryser
    • , Ana Silva
    • , Esra H. Sohlström
    • , Natalia Sokolova
    • , Murray S. A. Thompson
    • , Ross M. Thompson
    • , Fanny Vermandele
    • , Catarina Vinagre
    • , Shaopeng Wang
    • , Jori M. Wefer
    • , Richard J. Williams
    • , Evie Wieters
    • , Guy Woodward
    •  & Alison C. Iles

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