Stability and feedback levels in food web models

Matthew J. Smith, Elizabeth Sander, György Barabás, Stefano Allesina

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Neutel & Thorne (Ecology Letters, 17:651-661, June 2014) provide an approximation for the leading eigenvalue of a food web community matrix involving coefficients of its characteristic polynomial. Though valuably incorporating three-way species interactions, two critical problems emerge when one considers the dimensions of the system, calling the approach's accuracy and precision into question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-595
Number of pages3
JournalEcology letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Complexity
  • Food webs
  • Negative feedback loop
  • Population dynamics
  • Stability


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