Ecological networks: delving into the architecture of biodiversity.

Ruben Heleno*, Cristina Garcia, Pedro Jordano, Anna Traveset, José Maria Gómez, Nico Blüthgen, Jane Memmott, Mari Moora, Jorge Cerdeira, Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría, Helena Freitas, Jens M. Olesen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In recent years, the analysis of interaction networks has grown popular as a framework to explore ecological processes and the relationships between community structure and its functioning. The field has rapidly grown from its infancy to a vibrant youth, as reflected in the variety and quality of the discussions held at the first international symposium on Ecological Networks in Coimbra-Portugal (23-25 October 2013). The meeting gathered 170 scientists from 22 countries, who presented data from a broad geographical range, and covering all stages of network analyses, from sampling strategies to effective ways of communicating results, presenting new analytical tools, incorporation of temporal and spatial dynamics, new applications and visualization tools.(1) During the meeting it became evident that while many of the caveats diagnosed in early network studies are successfully being tackled, new challenges arise, attesting to the health of the discipline.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiology Letters
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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