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Título : Networks in ecology
Autor : Bascompte, Jordi
Palabras clave : Complex networks
Food webs
Mutualistic networks
Spatial networks
Epidemiological networks
Social networks
Fecha de publicación : Nov-2007
Editor: Elsevier
Citación : Basic and Applied Ecology 8 (2007) 485—490
Resumen: [ENG] Recently, ecology has shown a strong interest in network theory. The question, as with any other emerging field, is to what extent we are making real progress in understanding ecological and evolutionary processes or just telling the same stories with fancy new words. I first present a biased overview of the development of network theory, focusing on its search for common patterns across seemingly different systems. I then proceed by discussing some applications of network theory in ecology, namely, species interactions, spatial ecology, epidemiology, and evolution in social groups . Finally, I suggest important contributions of the network approach such as identifying the consequences of heterogeneity for population and community dynamics, potential pitfalls, and future directions
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DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2007.06.003
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