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Spatial network structure and metapopulation persistence

AuthorsGilarranz, Luis J.; Bascompte, Jordi
Degree distribution
Connectivity correlation
Spatial networks
Issue DateMar-2012
PublisherEcological Society of America
CitationJournal of Theoretical Biology 297 (2012) 11–16
AbstractWe explore the relationship between network structure and dynamics by relating the topology of spatial networks with its underlying metapopulation abundance. Metapopulation abundance is largely affected by the architecture of the spatial network, although this effect depends on demographic parameters here represented by the extinction-to-colonization ratio (e/c). Thus, for moderate to large e/c-values, regional abundance grows with the heterogeneity of the network, with uniform or random networks having the lowest regional abundances, and scale-free networks having the largest abundance. However, the ranking is reversed for low extinction probabilities, with heterogeneous networks showing the lowest relative abundance. We further explore the mechanisms underlying such results by relating a node’s incidence (average number of time steps the node is occupied) with its degree, and with the average degree of the nodes it interacts with. These results demonstrate the importance of spatial network structure to understanding metapopulation abundance, and serve to determine under what circumstances information on network structure should be complemented with information on the species life-history traits to understand persistence in heterogeneous environments
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2011.11.027
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