Evaluating stability of energy-flux food-web models

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Energy-flux food-web models are a type of ecological network representing trophic interactions among species as a flow of energy of material from one species to another. As species interactions influence the perpetuation of disturbances through a system, food web models can provide insight into ecosystem stability. Methods have been devised to translate the inherently static energy-flux models to the dynamic domain and assess stability. Stability is a powerful network characteristic to evaluate particularly in(anthropogenic) disturbance studies. However, the translation from mathematical concepts to ecological interpretation of stability contains limitations and potential pitfalls. Additionally, consistency in the definition of stability and reproducible code are currently lacking. In this talk, I will briefly summarize the concept of network stability and provide a small tutorial on assessing stability from energy-flux models including guidelines. I will furthermore focus on ecological interpretation and discuss avenues for future research.
Event titleNetherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2020
Event typeConference
Conference number13
Organiser Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN)
LocationLunteren, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational