The evolution of behavior and the structure of ecological networks

Principal Investigators:

Carlos J. Melian

Most studies on community ecology have focused on single interaction types (i.e., antagonistic, mutualistic, or competitive). On the other hand, the bulk of behavioral studies have considered interactions among individuals within the same species (i.e., group behavior or group size). To improve our understanding of community structure, I propose to investigate the interdependence between group behavior and the structure of ecological networks integrating multiple interaction types. First, I will introduce behavioral strategies among species within... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow22nd February 2005—21st February 2008Participant List  
Graduate Student1st April—30th June 2006Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Carlos J. Meliancarlos.melian@eawag.chConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Catherin A. Schwemmschwemm@lifesci.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Carnicer, Jofre; Jordano, Pedro D.; Melian, Carlos J. 2009. The temporal dynamics of resource use by frugivorous birds: A network approach. Ecology. Vol: 90(7). Pages 1958-1970. (Online version)
Journal Article Fortuna, Miguel A.; Melian, Carlos J. 2007. Do scale-free regulatory networks allow more expression than random ones?. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol: 247. Pages 331-336. (Online version)
Presentations Melian, Carlos J. 2006. Does topology alter persistence in a complex mutualist/antagonist ecological network?. Workshop on Advances in Food Webs. Yokohama, Japan.
Journal Article Melian, Carlos J. 2006. Review of "Plant-pollinator interactions: What are they telling us about community assembly conservation and ecosystem management". Ecology. Vol: 87(10). Pages 2683-2685. (Online version)
Presentations Melian, Carlos J. 2007. Evolution in multilevel complex networks. Santa Fe Institute, February 2007. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Presentations Melian, Carlos J. 2007. Unifying diversity evolution in multilevel biological networks. Microsoft Research Cambridge, November 2007. Cambridge, UK.
Data Set Melian, Carlos J. 2008. Ecological Network with Mutualistic-Antagonistic Interactions. (Online version)
Presentations Melian, Carlos J. 2008. Exploring biodiversity numbers for multilevel biological networks. Seminar Series Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Orgasmal Biology, 1 7 November 2008. Iowa state university.
Journal Article Melian, Carlos J.; Bascompte, Jordi; Jordano, Pedro D.; Krivan, Vlastimil. 2009. Diversity in a complex ecological network with two interaction types. Oikos. Vol: 118. Pages 122-130. (Online version)
Journal Article Olesen, Jens M.; Dupont, Yoko L.; O'Gorman, Eoin; Ings, Thomas C.; Layer, Katrin; Melian, Carlos J.; Trojelsgaard, Kristian; Pichler, Doris E.; Rasmussen, Claus; Woodward, Guy. 2010. From Broadstone to Zackenberg: Space, time, and hierarchies in ecological networks. Advances in Ecological Research. Vol: 42(10). Pages 1-69. (Online version)
Book Chapter Sabo, John L.; Beisner, Beatrix E.; Berlow, Eric L.; Cuddington, Kim; Hastings, Alan; Koen-Alonso, Mariano; Kokkoris, Giorgos D.; McCann, Kevin S.; Melian, Carlos J.; Moore, John C. 2006. Population dynamics and food web structure: Predicting measurable food web properties with minimal detail and resolution. Edited by Ruiter, Peter C. de; Wolters, Volkmar;Moore, John C. Dynamic Food Webs: Multispecies Assemblages, Ecosystem Development and Environmental Change. (Online version)
Journal Article Vazquez, Diego P.; Melian, Carlos J.; Williams, Neal M.; Bluthgen, Nico; Krasnov, Boris R.; Poulin, Robert. 2007. Species abundance and asymmetric interaction strength in ecological networks. Oikos. Vol: 116. Pages 1120-1127. (Online version)
"The evolution of behavior and the structure of ecological networks" is project ID: 9280