Environmental change makes robust ecological networks fragile

@inproceedings{Strona2016EnvironmentalCM,
  title={Environmental change makes robust ecological networks fragile},
  author={Giovanni Strona and Kevin D Lafferty},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2016}
}
Complex ecological networks appear robust to primary extinctions, possibly due to consumers' tendency to specialize on dependable (available and persistent) resources. However, modifications to the conditions under which the network has evolved might alter resource dependability. Here, we ask whether adaptation to historical conditions can increase community robustness, and whether such robustness can protect communities from collapse when conditions change. Using artificial life simulations… CONTINUE READING
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