Self-organized instability in complex ecosystems.

  title={Self-organized instability in complex ecosystems.},
  author={Ricard V. Sol{\'e} and David Alonso and Alan J. McKane},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={357 1421},
Why are some ecosystems so rich, yet contain so many rare species? High species diversity, together with rarity, is a general trend in neotropical forests and coral reefs. However, the origin of such diversity and the consequences of food web complexity in both species abundances and temporal fluctuations are not well understood. Several regularities are observed in complex, multispecies ecosystems that suggest that these ecologies might be organized close to points of instability. We explore… CONTINUE READING
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