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Oikos, food web methods, and PARASITES!

I was fairly excited today when I popped my Google Reader open and saw that there are two new early view papers up at Oikos about food webs. The first is a methodological paper that investigates the role that aggregating … Continue reading

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This link is forbidden, but not because of your niche…

A new article was published this past month in PLoS ONE by Elsa Canard and colleagues about how neutral dynamics can shape the structure of trophic networks. They note that simply by assuming that species are interacting at random, and … Continue reading

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Structure shapes interactions

Whether an ecological network is nested, compartmentalized, or asymmetric is clearly influenced by the developing coevolutionary interactions between species as the network grows. Through feedback, however, network structure determines the interactions that can and do occur as well as the … Continue reading

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Interactions shape network structure

Mutualistic networks provide an excellent example of how coevolutionary forces shape the structure of the network (Thompson 2005, Bascompte 2009). Two major properties of mutualistic networks that are believed to develop through coevolution are asymmetry and nestedness (Bascompte et al. … Continue reading

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