Network structure and biodiversity loss in food webs: robustness increases with connectance

@article{Dunne2002NetworkSA,
  title={Network structure and biodiversity loss in food webs: robustness increases with connectance},
  author={J. Dunne and R. Williams and Neo D. Martinez},
  journal={Ecology Letters},
  year={2002},
  volume={5},
  pages={558-567}
}
  • J. Dunne, R. Williams, Neo D. Martinez
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Ecology Letters
  • Food-web structure mediates dramatic effects of biodiversity loss including secondary and ‘cascading’ extinctions. We studied these effects by simulating primary species loss in 16 food webs from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and measuring robustness in terms of the secondary extinctions that followed. As observed in other networks, food webs are more robust to random removal of species than to selective removal of species with the most trophic links to other species. More surprisingly… CONTINUE READING
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