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Environmental change makes robust ecological networks fragile

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, August 2016
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3 news outlets
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1 blog
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37 tweeters
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1 Google+ user
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1 Redditor

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Title
Environmental change makes robust ecological networks fragile
Published in
Nature Communications, August 2016
DOI 10.1038/ncomms12462
Pubmed ID
Authors

Giovanni Strona, Kevin D. Lafferty

Abstract

Complex ecological networks appear robust to primary extinctions, possibly due to consumers' tendency to specialize on dependable (available and persistent) resources. However, modifications to the conditions under which the network has evolved might alter resource dependability. Here, we ask whether adaptation to historical conditions can increase community robustness, and whether such robustness can protect communities from collapse when conditions change. Using artificial life simulations, we first evolved digital consumer-resource networks that we subsequently subjected to rapid environmental change. We then investigated how empirical host-parasite networks would respond to historical, random and expected extinction sequences. In both the cases, networks were far more robust to historical conditions than new ones, suggesting that new environmental challenges, as expected under global change, might collapse otherwise robust natural ecosystems.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Unknown 93 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 28 28%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 26%
Student > Master 12 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 8%
Student > Bachelor 8 8%
Other 11 11%
Unknown 8 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 45 45%
Environmental Science 25 25%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 3%
Engineering 2 2%
Other 8 8%
Unknown 15 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 52. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 August 2018.
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#433,890
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#7,526
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Outputs of similar age
#12,043
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Outputs of similar age from Nature Communications
#22
of 72 outputs
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