Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of interconnectedness and modularity

Nordbotten, Jan M and Levin, Simon A and Szathmáry, Eörs and Stenseth, Nils C (2018) Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of interconnectedness and modularity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 115 (4). pp. 750-755. ISSN 0027-8424


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In this contribution, we develop a theoretical framework for linking microprocesses (i.e., population dynamics and evolution through natural selection) with macrophenomena (such as interconnectedness and modularity within an ecological system). This is achieved by developing a measure of interconnectedness for population distributions defined on a trait space (generalizing the notion of modularity on graphs), in combination with an evolution equation for the population distribution. With this contribution, we provide a platform for understanding under what environmental, ecological, and evolutionary conditions ecosystems evolve toward being more or less modular. A major contribution of this work is that we are able to decompose the overall driver of changes at the macro level (such as interconnectedness) into three components: (i) ecologically driven change, (ii) evolutionarily driven change, and (iii) environmentally driven change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SYSTEMS; NETWORKS; emergence; DIVERSITY; COMPARTMENTS; MODELS; CANADIAN LYNX; COMMUNITY STRUCTURE; Food webs; mathematical modeling; macroevolutionary patterns; macroecological patterns; population biology; microevolution
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH301 Biology / biológia
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 07:41
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 07:41

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