|InterJournal Complex Systems, 1098
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Submission Date: 2004
|On the Evolution of Structure in Ecological Networks|
Previous research on simulated ecological networks has focused on things like the distribution of links between species, without generally categorizing the types of inter-species relationships that develop, unless those relationships are of some predesigned form (e.g., food webs). In this work we use a model system to examine the specific types and numbers of interactions between species and how these affect network stability and evolution. For example, we report on the numbers of predator-prey, competitive, symbiotic, and more complex cyclic relationships that develop in randomly initialized communities, with and without the introduction of novel species over the course of the simulation.
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