So tomorrow I will be taking my oral exam to defend my dissertation proposal. As I was looking over papers I was reminded of this quote in a paper by Cohen and Newman (Dynamic basis of food web organization):

“In spite of the limitations on the concept of stability used here, we suppose further that a community evolves to the frontier of stability, either by evolution in the number of species […] or by evolution in the distribution of interaction coefficients or by both.”

I feel like this sums up a lot of what I have been thinking about in terms of my research.

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