Thursday, May 11, 2017

New EBL paper

Check out the latest EBL publication on mutualisms and coextinctions with data from the Marianas. Big congrats to EBL postdoc and lead author Evan Fricke!


The positive relationship between partner diversity and mutualistic dependence reduces coextinction and alters the influence of network structure and partner diversity on coextinction. (a) The portion of species experiencing coextinction in simulations within 11 quantitative networks when assuming all species are obligate mutualists (triangles; horizontal line in inset panel) or using the observed relationship (circles; positive relationship in inset panel). Compare between randomized and empirical structure to assess the decrease in coextinction due to empirical network structure when assuming all species are obligate mutualists (compare triangles between randomized and empirical structure) or when using the observed relationship (compare circles). Simulated within the 11 empirical networks, the relationship between partner diversity and vulnerability to coextinction when assuming that all species are obligate mutualists (b) or when using the observed relationship (c).

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