Ecological Networks

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Ecological networks describe species interactions in ecological processes. Classic network indices describe the diversity of species interactions, network structure, and the roles of species in the network. The study of ecological networks has provided unique insights into the organization and robustness of ecological processes and ecological communities. Recent developments in network ecology, such as (1) the inclusion of intraspecific variation in interactions, (2) information about species traits and phylogenies, (3) predicting interactions from proxies, and (4) the combination of networks into multilayer networks facilitate new analyses that will further deepen our understanding of the mechanisms underlying ecological processes and their spatial and temporal dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
EditorsSamuel M Scheiner
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128225622
ISBN (Print)9780323984348
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Ecological processes
  • Ecosystem function
  • Evolution
  • Food-web
  • Functional traits
  • Multiplex
  • Mutualism
  • Niche
  • Phylogeny
  • Pollination
  • Seed dispersal
  • Species interactions

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