Dynamics and evolution of biological and social networks

Spatial networks in ecology

Author: Miguel A. Fortuna, Estación Biológica de Doñana.

Names and affiliation of other authors:
Integrative Ecology Group
Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC.

Oral presentation

Space is the last frontier in ecological research. Lots of important questions such as species extinction in fragmented landscapes or the efficacy of marine reserves depend on a spatial representation of ecological processes. In this talk I will show how the network approach can be useful as a tool for the conservation and management of endangered species. Specifically, I will consider three case studies, namely the persistence of amphibians in stochastic ponds, the mating network of an insect-pollinated tree, and the network of roosting sites used by a bat species. Using these case studies, I will illustrate how the network approach can shed light into problems as diverse as species persistence in fluctuating environments, gene flow, and information exchange among individuals in an animal society.

Dynamics and evolution of biological and social networks. February 18-20th, 2008. Mallorca, Spain.