Network Challenge (Chapter 6), The: Biological Networks: Rainforests, Coral Reefs, and the Galapagos Islands

Network Challenge (Chapter 6), The: Biological Networks: Rainforests, Coral Reefs, and the Galapagos Islands

by Sonia Kleindorfer, James Mitchell

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Overview

Biology remains the most extensive and complex information network on the planet. This chapter examines the nature of biological networks, including their inherent stability and risks to their resilience. After a general introduction exploring networks and biological systems, this chapter reviews (1) the evolution of biological networks; (2) principles that govern biological networks; and (3) measures of stability, productivity, and efficiency in biological networks. The authors use examples from food (energy) transfer in rainforests and coral reefs, as well as the creation of a biological network through colonization in Darwin’s Finches of the Galapagos Islands. Research shows that while large biological networks are inherently unstable, some are more stable than others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780137015351
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 24
File size: 442 KB

About the Author

Sonia Kleindorfer, Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity and Conservation, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, South Australia

 

James G. Mitchell, Head of the School of Biological Sciences , Flinders University, South Australia

Table of Contents

Biological Networks

Network Structure: What Determines Food Web Stability?

Network Evolution

Conclusions: Biology and Business

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