Monthly Archives: November 2012

Testing qualitative stability

So, we have a major question in ecology; “what is the relationship between diversity/complexity and stability.” And we have data on diversity and complexity, but how can we assess the stability of a system without numbers to fill in the … Continue reading

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Plankton, fertilization, and a paradox…

So I was just reading over at Mostly Open Ocean about the recent iron fertilization “experiment” in the North Pacific. I did not know too much about it so I went looking for news articles (such as this one from … Continue reading

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Stability and complexity in model ecosystems

Back in 1972 Robert May wrote a paper that sparked a litany of research on the relationship between the complexity of a community and its associated stability. Previously the reigning paradigm had been developed by ecologists such as Elton and … Continue reading

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Are these the same or different? Part 2

How are networks compared in the literature? There are a number of methods out there that researchers use to compare networks. For the most part comparisons are being made between empirical and model networks. The most basic method available is … Continue reading

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Are these the same or different? Part 1

A major issue in the study of ecological networks is making comparisons between multiple empirical networks as well as between empirical and modeled networks. There are any number of network properties that can be used in comparing different networks including, … Continue reading

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