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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
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.
By September we will present an overview of SENSE dissertations on this page, with links to the full texts of the dissertations.