Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Jelle Lever

Date: 19 February 2020
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Location: Auditorium, Wageningen University

Dissertation title: 

Systemic Risk in Ecosystems

Group: Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University
Promotors: prof. dr M Scheffer and prof. dr J Bascompte 
Co-promotor: dr ir EH van Nes

Abstract:

While environmental circumstances change gradually, ecosystems may go through sudden, hardly reversible, critical transitions between alternative states. When addressing this issue, ecologists have mainly focussed on the dynamics of individual populations, rather than on the networks of interactions between species that maintain them. Those ecological networks are, however, known to be highly structured, which may strongly influence the scale at which critical transitions occur. In this thesis, I try to disentangle the relationship between ecological network structure and the community-wide implications of shifts between alternative states.

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